Detroit Gets Last-Second Victory Over Wagner
from press release
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (3/8/2014) – Senior Alex Maini scored four goals, but junior Mike Birney played hero again as his game winner with the man-down and just one second left lifted the University of Detroit Mercy to a 9-8 victory over Wagner on Saturday afternoon.
Detroit (3-3) led 8-6 in the final period when Wagner (1-3) came back to tie it up with a marker at 5:49 and then one at 1:52.
With 45 seconds remaining, Maini was then flagged for a slash and UDM went a man down as the Seahawks got off a shot that was saved by freshman goalie Jason Weber. Detroit got the ball and with time winding down to just a few seconds, Birney was able to beat the Wagner goalie for the victory from two yards outside the box.
Weber ended with a season-high 18 saves, including 11 in the second half. Maini tallied his eighth career hat trick with his four goals and added an assist and a career-high three caused turnovers, while junior Scott Drummond posted two goals and two assists.
Wagner got on the board first, but the Titans responded with three-straight goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second. Beauregard got it going with an unassisted marker and then Drummond and Maini got together for the next two as Maini found Drummond for one score and the duo reversed for another to make it 3-1 at the 11:44 mark.
The Titans then saw the Seahawks net four-straight markers in the second to take a 5-3 advantage into the break.
The red, white and blue then went on a 4-0 run in the third with Maini coming up with three straight. Senior Tom Masterson got the comeback started with a man-up goal as he took a pass from senior Shayne Adams midway through the third. Less than a minute later, Birney hooked up Maini with a pass and it was all tied at 5-5 with 6:14 on the clock.
Drummond had his second assist as Maini gave UDM a lead two minutes later and Maini's spurt went to three as his fourth put the Titans up 7-5 with less than a minute to go.
Sophomore Damien Hicks was 8-of-14 on faceoffs with seven ground balls and sophomore defenseman Paul Bitetti had two caused turnovers and two GB's.
Detroit was 1-for-1 on the man-up as the Titans are now 15-of-22 on the season, while the defense gave up just one goal in four man-down situations.
Detroit will be back in action next Saturday, March 15, as the Titans face Jesuit-rival Marquette at Titan Field. Game time is set for Noon.comments powered by Disqus