Butler vs. Albany
March 2, 2002
The Game Story:
Springfield, Ohio - Rich Pavlick scored a goal with 45 second left to break a 9-9 tie, and teammate Scott Walker added an insurance goal with 37 seconds left to play to give Butler an 11-9 victory over Albany on Friday (Mar. 1) on the campus of Wittenberg University. The win is Butler's (1-1) first of the season, while Albany drops to 0-1.

Chris Aitkin got the Bulldogs on the board first, connecting on an unassisted goal at 13:44. Albany responded with a Chris Driscoll goal off a Bobby Gabriel assist at 11:10. Butler would then score the next three goals to take a 4-1 lead, and would end the period with a 6-3 advantage.

The Great Danes would come out charging in the second period, outscoring the Bulldogs 5-0 while taking 11 shots to head into the break with an 8-6 lead. Jim Lindsay scored twice in the period, while Brendan Russell, Bobby Gabriel and Luke Daquino each tallied a goal for Albany during stanza.

Butler's Ryan Ward would score and unassisted goal at 9:50 in the third period to pull the Bulldogs to within one. Ward would then assist Aitkin on the team's next goal to knot the game up 8-8.

Butler regained the lead the lead at 12:16 in the final period as Lawrence O'Toole scored off of a Aitkin helper. The Great Danes would give the game its final tie when Jon Smith found the back of the net with 6:52 remaining in the game.

Ward, Aitkin and Pavlick each finished with two goals for Butler to lead the team in scoring. Ward added three assists on the game, which moved him into eighth place on Butler's all-time assist leader board.

Brendan Winkler tallied 11 saves in the cage for Butler, while his counterpart Kevin Rae recorded 18 saves for Albany.

Butler held the face-off advantage, 12-10, while recording 30 groundballs on the game. The Great Danes finished with 34 groundballs. The Bulldogs were 0-for-3 in extra man attempts, while Albany converted 2-of-4 EMO situations.

The Bulldogs will travel to Lehigh on Mar. 10. Face-off against the Mountain Hawks is slated for 1 p.m.