OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- Redshirt freshman Tom Hughes tallied his 10th goal of the season in quadruple overtime to lead No. 9 NYIT to a 13-12 edging of No. 14 Molloy in East Coast Conference action on Saturday. The Bears improved to 9-3 on the season and 6-1 in league play, while the Lions dropped to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in ECC action.
The two teams battled back and fourth to open the contest and were tied 4-4 at the start of the second period before the Lions went on a 4-1 run to close out the first half leading 8-5.
The Bears trailed 11-6 heading into the fourth period and rattled off six straight goals to claim a 12-11 lead with 2:16 remaining in regulation. However, Peter Clark found the equalizer for the Lions with 17 seconds remaining to send the contest into overtime.
The first three overtime periods were silent; yet, NYIT controlled the attack and outshot Molloy 18-3. Then with 2:03 left in quadruple overtime, Hughes clinched the victory with an unassisted to goal.
Luke Miller and Cory Triola each netted a hat trick for NYIT. Shawn Murphy tacked on two goals. For Molloy, Tom Engelhardt had three goals and two assists, while Joe Leonard had two goals and three assists.
The win went to rookie goalie Alex Seltzer. He improved to 9-3 on the season with eight saves made on 20 shots faced. The loss was dealt to John Grebe (5-5). He made 19 saves on 32 shots faced.
NYIT won 32 face-offs to Molloy's nine and had a +26 ground balls margin (52-26).