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A thrilling fourth-quarter comeback wasn't enough for Yorktown to overcome Dylan Molloy and St. Anthony's on Saturday.
Molloy scored the game-winning goal off an inside roll dodge with 3:20 left in overtime to lift the visiting Friars to a stunning 13-12 victory over the Huskers (12-2).
"Matt Koerner threw me the ball and set a nice pick," Molloy said, detailing the clutch goal. "I just came around and bodied (the defender) like I usually try to do and it just worked."
The Brown-bound senior attackman had it working all day, pacing St. Anthony's (10-3) with four goals and one assist. Molloy used his broad frame to overpower Yorktown's defensemen in isolation, executing perfect inside rolls to get above the plane of the goal.
"I got away from that in some of the games," Molloy said. "I tried to body in and instead of going top side I did an inside roll to get back to what I used to do. It ended up working against the defenseman because he was trying to body me."
Yorktown's Trevor Koelsch — a Hopkins-bound senior defenseman — drew the assignment of guarding Molloy. Austin Fusco also took a turn in the second half.
"We knew he would be a hard dodger," Koelsch said. "He's got big legs and he's a strong kid."
David Rivoir, Joe Licciardi and J.T. Caputo also excelled for the Friars with two goals apiece. Mike Strack, Greg Galligan and Matt Koerner each scored once to round out the offensive production. Goalie Jack Concannon, who played the second half and overtime, was spectacular with 11 saves. Starter Anthony De Los Reyes stopped five shots in the opening half.
Brian Prestreau had a monster game for Yorktown, tying his career-high with six goals. Nick Mariano added a hat-trick and an assist. Connor Vercruysse (2G, 1A), Nick Bonitatibus (3A), Luke Palmadesso (1G) and Tomas Rodriguez (1A) also contributed for the Huskers (12-2), who dropped their first home game of the season. Goalie Austin Graham made six saves. The 13 goals against matched a season-high for Yorktown, which entered the day relinquishing just 5.3 goals a game.
Yorktown — which fell into a 6-2 first-quarter hole — came alive late and nearly stole it. The Huskers, who trailed 12-8 early in the fourth quarter, rattled off four consecutive goals inside the final six minutes and 12 seconds of regulation to force overtime.
"We were very nervous in the beginning when we shouldn't have been," Prestreau said. "If we play our ball, we will be a very hard team to beat."
Prestreau sparked the late surge with back-to-back goals to trim St. Anthony's lead to 12-10 at the 2:59 mark. Mariano took care of the rest, burying two straight goals to even it up. He scored the game-tying goal with 45 seconds left off an assist from Bonitatibus. The Huskers won the ensuing faceoff, however, Prestreau's potential game-winning shot was snagged stick-side high by Concannon.
"I was just trying to go bottom corner, but the goalie obviously knew that and I tried to change my level and shot it," Prestreau said of the last-second attempt.
Concannon followed Prestreau's stick as he dodged from left to right across the box.
"I knew where he was going to place it so, I just stepped to the ball and followed through and made the save," said Concannon, who also had a remarkable point-blank save on Mariano late in the fourth quarter.
Danny Manning and Palmadesso went a combined 17 of 28 at the dot to help Yorktown control faceoffs. Of course, St. Anthony's won the draw that mattered most at the start of overtime.
"We held it together and finished strong," Concannon said.
Overall, it was an uncharacteristically sloppy game for Yorktown, which has hummed along like well-oiled machine all season. The Huskers, who had not played since last Saturday's Murphy Cup game, looked out of sorts early and struggled to get into a rhythm. Ultimately, it was unforced turnovers that did them in.
"We were playing very lazy and not moving our feet," Prestreau said. "That caused their defense to knockdown our passes."
Yorktown's long break between games was a result of Tuesday's cancellation against Arlington.
"Yeah, it helps to be in a rhythm with the games," Koelsch said. "Not playing against Arlington on Tuesday threw us off a little bit, but you can't chalk (the loss) up to that."
The heartbreaking result was a familiar one for Yorktown, which has now lost three straight one-goal games to St. Anthony's. The Friars actually won by the same exact score in 2012. The Huskers have lost four straight in the annual rivalry and last won in 2009. Dating back to 1999, the Friars lead the series 7-6.
St. Anthony's 6 2 3 1 1 13
Yorktown 2 4 2 4 0 12
SA (9:48) David Rivoir from Dylan Molloy | 1-0 SA
SA (9:23) Joe Licciardi unassisted | 2-0 SA
SA (8:23) J.T. Caputo unassisted | 3-0 SA
YT (6:15) Connor Vercruysse from Tomas Rodriguez | 3-1 SA
YT (5:46) Nick Mariano from Nick Bonitatibus | 3-2 SA *
SA (2:49) Greg Galligan unassisted | 4-2 SA
SA (0:38) Matt Koerner from Drew Custance | 5-2 SA *
SA (0:22) Rivoir unassisted | 6-2 SA
YT (10:57) Brian Prestreau unassisted | 6-3 SA
YT (8:16) Prestreau from Mariano | 6-4 SA
SA (6:41) Licciardi unassisted | 7-4 SA
YT (5:20) Vercruysse unassisted | 7-5 SA
YT (4:03) Prestreau unassisted | 7-6 SA
SA (3:49) Mike Strack unassisted | 8-6 SA
YT (9:12) Prestreau from Bonitatibus | 8-7 SA
SA (8:25) Molloy unassisted | 9-7 SA
SA (4:56) Caputo unassisted | 10-7 SA
YT (2:38) Luke Palmadesso unassisted | 10-8 SA
SA (1:27) Molloy from Jon Lamonica | 11-8 SA
SA (9:12) Molloy unassisted | 12-8 SA
YT (6:12) Prestreau unassisted | 12-9 SA
YT (2:59) Prestreau unassisted | 12-10 SA
YT (2:19) Mariano unassisted | 12-11 SA
YT (0:45) Mariano from Bonitatibus | 12-12
SA (3:20) Molloy unassisted | 13-12 SA
* Indicates manup goal
St. Anthony's: Dylan Molloy (4G, 1A); David Rivoir (2G); Joe Licciardi (2G); J.T. Caputo (2G); Mike Strack (1G); Greg Galligan (1G); Matt Koerner (1G); Drew Custance (1A); Jon Lamonica (1A)
Yorktown: Brian Prestreau (6G); Nick Mariano (3G, 1A); Connor Vercruysse (2G, 1A); Nick Bonitatibus (3A); Luke Palmadesso (1G); Tomas Rodriguez (1A)
St. Anthony's: Jack Concannon (11 saves); Anthony De Los Reyes (5 saves)
Yorktown: Austin Graham (6 saves)