Bears Lose Heartbreaker to Mariners in Double OT

Trey Johnson
Trey Johnson

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -  Junior Pat Coll scored with 2:29 left in the second overtime as Coast Guard fell to Merchant Marine 13-12 Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

With the loss the Bears fall to 7-5 on the season while the Mariners improve to 7-4.

Sophomore Anthony Wyler had a game high five points with three goals and two assists. Wyler is now second all time with 61 (42g, 19a) career points and is one away from tying for the program's all time lead with Justin Huemme who notched 62 points (49g, 13a) during his career. Sophomore Jack Pope and freshman Riley McNulty each had a hat trick while sophomore's Ian Logan and Benner Geurtsen each had two points with a goal and an assist.

Merchant Marine was led by Coll who had a team high four points with three goals and one assist. Freshmen Liam Connors and Nick Roros each netted a hat trick while junior Tucker Dodson had two goals of his own. Senior Chris Whitenack dished out two assists.

The Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Wyler, McNulty and Pope each scored unassisted goals in the opening nine minutes of the game.

The Mariners answered late in the quarter as Roros and Connors both scored in the final two minutes of the period making the first quarter score 3-2.

Wyler connected with McNulty to start the second period pushing Coast Guard's advantage back to two with 12:32 to go in the first half.

Merchant Marine answered again with two goals to tie the game making the score 4-4 with 4:49 to go in the second quarter.

Pope gave the Bears the lead going into the locker room as he took a pass from Geurtsen and fired a shot home with under 1:30 to play in the opening stanza. 

After the intermission the Mariners scored a man-up goal before Coast Guard answered with two goals from McNulty and Hudson pushing the lead back to two at 7-5 with 7:30 to go in the third.

Merchant Marine continued to hang around and clawed their way back to tie it up for the fourth time in the game with two goals to close out the quarter.

In the final period of regulation, Wyler scored his second and third goal of the game to start the quarter to once again push the lead back to two with with 12:13 to go in regulation.

Both teams traded off the next six goals with Geurtsen scoring the final tally of the run with 4:09 to go in the fourth making the score 12-10.

The Mariners would force overtime scoring the final two goals of regulation making the score 12-12 going into the first extra period. 

After a scoreless opening overtime period Merchant Marine took the win as Coll got free on the left side and rifled a shot to the opposite post with 2:29 on the clock giving the Mariners the victory and keeping them undefeated against the Bears in the teams first three years of competition.

Sophomore Trey Johnson (7-5) made 12 saves on 25 shots allowing 13 goals. Johnson recorded his 200th career save in the game and his fourth multi-save game of the season. He is second in the NEWMAC with an 8.22 goals against average and fifth with a 52.2% save percentage.

Senior Dave Ossing started in goal for Merchant Marine making four saves on nine shots and allowing five goals. Freshman Zac Tilley (3-0) finished out the game allowing seven goals on 12 shots and making five saves.

The Mariners were able to take advantage of the Bears mistakes as they won the turnover battle 20-11 with only six of the 20 being caused.

Sophomore Colin Cashin continued his strong season at the face-off x winning 19-29 and collecting a career high 15 ground balls. His 15 ground balls on the game ties a program record for a single game with Nick Chicoine who did it twice throughout his career. Cashin leads the NEWMAC with 107 ground balls on the season and 160 won face-offs. As of April 14th , Cashin was eighth in Division III in face-off winning percentage (.716) and tied for 19th in ground balls per game (8.36).

Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday, April 19th, when they travel to Springfield, Massachusetts to take on the Springfield Pride in NEWMAC action. Opening face is 7:00.