Meadville Tribune

Sports

October 11, 2012

Bulldogs outlast Ramblers in OT

ERIE — The way the Meadville hockey team was howling with joy as the players left the ice at Tullio Arena, it was kind of hard to believe that it was just the third game of the season.

But that’s what happens when you get a win over Cathedral Prep.

The fiercely competitive Erie-Crawford rivalry wrote another exciting chapter on Wednesday night. And this time it was Meadville prevailing, 5-4 in overtime.

Earlier in the night, the Bulldogs let a 4-2 lead slip away in the third period. Prep’s Jacob Ordos scored off a face-off in Meadville’s end to make it 4-3. And then Joe Kelly notched a short-handed goal with 5:15 remaining in regulation to tie the game at 4.

Both teams had power play opportunities as time wound down, but neither could score the clincher.

And far from hanging their heads after letting the lead slip away, the Bulldogs looked energized in the overtime period, keeping the puck in Prep’s end the whole time.

Granted, the overtime period lasted all of 16 seconds before Meadville’s Cade Nickerson wrenched a shot past Cathedral Prep goalie Grant Kennedy to hand the Bulldogs (2-1-0) the victory. Josh Orr had the assist.

The rest of the game was equally as back-and-forth as the closing minutes.

Cathedral Prep spent a good deal of the first period in Meadville’s end. However, it was Meadville that struck first when John Gizzie, from behind the Ramblers’ net, found Orr right in Kennedy’s face. Gizzie slung the assist to him. Orr buried it. It was 1-0 Bulldogs.

However, Prep struck right back, scoring a pair of goals within 36 seconds of each other. First Brandon Gotkin notched an unassisted goal to tie the game. Then on the Ramblers’ next trip down the ice, Prep’s Grant Krasiewski scored the go-ahead with assists from Trevor Faulkner and Joe Kelly.

Prep, however, couldn’t keep up the offensive pressure, not with three penalties over the final 5:30 of the first period. In fact, during the final minute and a half of the frame, the Ramblers were hit with a pair of penalties 14 seconds apart. The Bulldogs had a man in the box at the time. Yet they still had a 4-on-3 for the final 1:08.

Prep got out of the period without letting Meadville score. However, 28 seconds into the second, Nickerson (who was whistled for roughing in the first) raced out of the box to give Meadville a brief 5-on-3 opportunity. He stationed himself in front of the net. Orr fed him the puck. And Nickerson deflected it past Kennedy to knot the score at 2.

With five minutes left in the second, Meadville grabbed the lead back. Steven Shafer issued a quality centering pass from out of the corner to Brock Biggs. Biggs sealed the deal, and the Bulldogs led 3-2.  

Nickerson ended the game with two goals. Orr had a goal and two assists for the Bulldogs.

Kennedy ended the game with 22 saves on 27 shots on goal.

Meadville’s Austin Guanzon earned the win with 25 saves on 29 shots.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Mitchell Wood FCV’s season comes to an end

    The end of an era.
    So it was with French Creek Valley dropping a 5-4 decision to Albion Post 567 in the Region 8 Tournament at Northwestern High School on Wednesday. For several key players, it was the last time they would put on the blue uniform for head coach Brandon Crum.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville falls to NA in Junior League state opener

    The Meadville Junior League All-Stars spent all baseball season perfecting the art of winning.

    July 23, 2014

  • Rookie CB Gilbert signs with Browns

    Justin Gilbert’s got his contract with the Browns. Now he needs a starting job.

    July 23, 2014

  • Bills Camp Bills QB, coach differ on offense’s performance

    Bills quarterback EJ Manuel and coach Doug Marrone had widely conflicting assessments on how the offense performed on the third day of training camp.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV tops Cochranton to advance

    French Creek Valley kept its stay in the Pennsylvania Region 8 American Legion Tournament alive on Tuesday in impressive fashion.

    July 22, 2014

  • Kinter and Neff Error-free defense, hitting propel District 1 to state title

    When Tom Brunot, Doug Hecker and Mark McKissock agreed about a month ago to take on a Senior League softball team they felt fairly confident in their team’s ability to defend its turf with a state championship on the line.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • FCV falls to Millcreek

    It may go down as one of the oddest games in Region 8 history.

    July 22, 2014

  • Meadville captures Section 1 title over DuBois

    For anyone confused about all the fire truck sirens and honking car horns that echoed through the streets of Meadville around 5 p.m. on Sunday, here’s the explanation:

    July 22, 2014

  • District 1 showcases 'D' in victory

    A strong defense up the middle is often where championship teams are born. The District 1 Senior League softball team certainly fills the bill.

    July 22, 2014

  • Trevor Smith St. Marys tops METS to win title

    When it’s two good teams going head-to-head in the game of baseball, sometimes a simple bad bounce can mean the difference between a win and a loss.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Poll

The latest proposed expansion plan for the Crawford County Courthouse potentially would eliminate the former Tarr Mansion on Diamond Park to make room for a county administrative building. Should the 1860 mansion be demolished?

Leave it alone because it’s historic.
Try to incorporate it into the proposed expansion.
It’s too far gone to save, but it’s memory may be preserved with an artifacts and photo display within the proposed courthouse complex.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks