Jay Carlson’s only goal of the game with 8.1 seconds left in the first overtime period was the deciding factor in a thrilling 8-7 win for St. Paul’s over Gilman in a MIAA A Conference game on Tullai Field in Brooklandville Tuesday.
The Crusaders are now 9-3 overall and 3-2 in MIAA play. Gilman fell to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in league.
Taylor Michel scored three goals and dished out an assist, while Spencer Parks fired in a pair of goals for the Crusaders. Robby Maddux added two goals and an assist for the victors. But, the difference maker was the St. Paul’s defense and the spectacular play of goalie Gunnar Waldt. Waldt turned back 16 overall shots, including a flurry of four in overtime.
The Crusies jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Gilman whittled away to come within a goal at 3-2. The Crusaders led 5-3 at halftime and 6-4 at the end of the third period. But, again the Greyhounds came back, tying it up at six and then again at seven with just under a minute to play. Both teams faced man-down situations in overtime, but neither resulted in a tally. Finally, Carlson scored off a rebound on the crease for the game winner.
Gordie Koerber led Gilman with three goals and Conor Doyle scored twice for the Greyhounds.
St. Paul’s 8, Gilman 7, OT
Goals: SP-Michel 3, Parks 2, Maddux 2, Carlson; GIL-Koerber 3, Doyle 2, Matthai, Senft.
Assists: SP-Michel, Maddux; GIL-George 2, Tucker.
Saves: SP – Waldt 16; GIL-Murray 9.