Hornets edge Badgers in 2OT, earn NAC playoff berth

Hornets edge Badgers in 2OT, earn NAC playoff berth

JOHNSON, Vt. -  Lyndon earned a spot in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference playoffs with a 9-8 double-overtime victory over Johnson State at Mineart Field Tuesday afternoon.

Kevin McCarthy's (Sayville, N.Y.) goal at the 14:24 mark of the second sudden death gave Lyndon the win. The Hornets improve to 3-6 overall and 3-5 in the NAC while the Badgers end their season 3-8 on the year and 2-6 in the conference.

Lyndon's Robert Crupi (Scituate, Mass.) posted three goals to help the Hornets seal their playoff spot. Johnson's offense was led by Andrew Neddo who posted four goals on the day while Mason Phillips notched two.

Lyndon's Justin Mosher (Salem, N.H.) opened up the scoring just two minutes into play, Johnson answered back with a fast four goal spurt to go up 4-1 in the first quarter. Ian Pelkey (Milton, Vt.) found the back of the net off of a Mosher assist to end the first 15 minutes of play trailing 4-2.

After a quick goal from Neddo to open the stanza, Lyndon and Johnson traded possession back and forth resulting in six turnovers in 11 minutes of play. The Hornets battled back to lock things up 5-5 when the whistles blew at the half.

The third quarter was much of the same, as the teams each only scored one goal, keeping things knotted 6-6 to enter into the fourth quarter.

After another tie-up at 7-7, Lyndon's Ricky Carroll (Ann Arbor, Mich.) gave the Hornets their first lead since the first goal of the game, going up 8-7. The Badgers knotted the score again when Neddo found the back of the net after converting a cross from behind the net from Nate Plocharczyk to send the teams into the first overtime tied 8-8.

Despite Lyndon winning the faceoff, Johnson dominated possession during the first two minutes of overtime play. Both teams slowed their pace down, eager to wait for the perfect shot that ultimately never came. The teams played similarly cautiously in the last overtime stanza with both teams taking only four shots.

Lyndon's fourth shot would be the one that counted as McCarthy rifled home a Mosher pass with 36 ticks to go in sudden death to give the Hornets the win.

Pelkey had two goals for the winners while McCarthy, Mosher, Carroll and Colin Young (Sharon, Vt.) chipped in one each. Carroll and Mosher were credited with two assists each and Shane Morin (Salem, N.H.) made 12 saves to get the win.

The Hornets have earned the No. 5 seed in the upcoming NAC playoffs. They will travel to Bangor Saturday to face Husson University at 5 p.m.