Bobcats take down Manhattan in double OT thriller


Photo: Rob Rasmussen

Gage Kilborne

Quinnipiac and Manhattan played in a back-and-forth battle that took an extra eight minutes to decide a victor. The Bobcats prevailed on the winning end of a 13-12 game.

In a hard-fought game on both sides of the field, junior midfielder Will Abbott found freshman attack Dylan Donnery open to fire the game-winning goal with 1:14 left in the second overtime period.

In the first quarter, John DeLucia broke the scoreless tie with a nice shot outside of the box and the Bobcats jumped out to an early 1-0 lead.

Not even 20 seconds later Demitri George came out of the faceoff win and drove straight to the net making it a 2-0 lead with 12:23 left to play in the first quarter.

The Bobcats would tack on one more to go up 3-0 after a nice shot by Will Abbott.

The Jaspers were not going down without a fight as they scored four unanswered goals to go up 4-3 as the first quarter ended.

Coming out of the break, Luke Hanson extended the Jasper lead to two with 13:41 left in the first half.

Seven minutes Steven Germain found Donnery to spark a three-goal run for the Bobcats before the Jaspers got two of their own to head into halftime with a 7-6 lead.

Germain began a Quinnipiac response as the Bobcats were able to strike for two goals as Matt Miller also scored, giving QU an 8-7 lead early in the third.

Three minutes later Jake Nicolosi responded to the Quinnipiac run, tying the game at eight with his blast from outside the circle.

This angered Dimitri George as once again he took matters into his own hands after winning the faceoff and he sniped one past Brendan Krebs giving the lead right back to Quinnipiac.

On the man advantage, Sean MacKinney fired another laser past Nick Dimuccio, tying the game at nine as we reach the fourth quarter.

Early in the fourth, Manhattan jumped out to a two-goal lead, but Quinnipiac was able to bounce back and tie the game at 11. Sean MacKinney found Kyle Gucwa who blasted one past Dimuccio to give the Jaspers a 12-11 lead with two minutes left in regulation.

With 20 seconds left in regulation, Dylan Donnery took a shot that found the back of the net, tying the game at 12. Will Abbott was able to find an opening and fired a shot past Krebs as the period expired, however, the officials discussed the shot and agreed that he fired after the buzzer sounded.

In the second overtime, Will Abbott found find Dylan Donnery in the soft spot and he took advantage of the opportunity by putting in the game-winner.

Quinnipiac head coach Mason Poli said, “[fighting back in the fourth] was our key to winning this game.”

This was definitely true as the Bobcats were able to regroup and come away with an amazing victory.

The win improves Quinnipiac’s record to 3-2, while Manhattan shares that record with the Bobcats following the loss.