Denison vs. Ohio Wesleyan
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
GRANVILLE— Chalk this one up as another instant classic in the storied rivalry between Denison and Ohio Wesleyan. Sophomore PJ Hendrick (Newton, Mass./Rivers School) took a feed from first-year Nate Hall (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) and set off a shot which rocketed past Bishop goalie Ryan Perone 1:34 seconds into the first overtime as DU pulled off a thrilling 9-8 comeback victory over their rivals from Delaware.

Trailing 8-6 after a pair of OWU goals late in the third quarter, Denison's Nick Jacobs (Wilmington, Del./Tower Hill) got momentum back on the side of the home team with his first goal with 12:31 to play in the fourth quarter. Denison, as they did most of the day, won the ensuing face-off and kept the pressure on the blackshirts until freshman Dan Maude (Wayne, Pa./Haverford School) evened the score at 8-8 with 8:25 left off an assist by Hendrick. The Bishops secured the face-off for just the sixth time of the day and went on the offensive, taking a pair of shots which both ended up in the wicket of Denison goalkeeper Alex Baruch (Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's).

With 4:50 left in regulation Denison regained possession and called a time out. With the score knotted at eight, they stalled, waiting for an optimal time to strike. With 1:10 left, Denison turned the ball over. It was picked up by OWU and just as the Bishop middie was about to clear the ball his pass was mishandled, giving the ball back to the Big Red with 47 seconds remaining.

DU called another time out and set up a final play. With six ticks left Hendrick uncorked a shot from 12 yards out that sailed over the OWU goal and out of bounds. Despite the miss in regulation, Hendrick would achieve redemption less than two minutes later, sending the crowd of 1,100 plus into a frenzy.

As is normally the case in a Denison-OWU contest, there was a noticeable ebb and flow. The Bishops started strong, taking an early 3-0 lead behind a pair of goals by Chris Eccles and one goal by Chris Riehl. With 7:55 left before halftime, Ted Douglass (Englewood, Colo./Kent Denver) put Denison on the board with his sixth goal of the season off a pass from Clay Wawner (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello). The tandem would hook up again four minutes later, cutting the OWU lead to one at 3-2. Bishop sophomore Harrison Iuliano scored his first goal of the game with two minutes left in the quarter but Douglas completed his first half hat trick when Chris Chandler (Kent, Ohio/Roosevelt) found him in front of the crease with 18 seconds left.

Trailing 4-3 at the intermission, Maude tied things up for the first time just 36 seconds into the second half. The two teams would trade off goals for much of the third quarter but in the fourth, Denison's domination of the face-off and their relentless swarm of ground balls would pay dividends as the Big Red shut out OWU over the final 19:01 of play.

Denison was led by Douglass' three goals and one assist. Hendrick had two goals and one assist. Maude finished with two goals while Hall scored one goal and had two helpers. Jacobs rounded out the scoring with one goal and Wawner contributed two assists. In goal, Baruch finished with 11 saves, with five coming in the action-packed second quarter.

Ohio Wesleyan was led in scoring by Eccles, Kevin Lakani and Riehl who all scored two goals apiece. Iuliano and Steve Fowler rounded out the scoring for the Bishops. Karl Zimmerman had three assists and Perone finished with eight saves in goal.

Denison was 1-for-5 in extra-man opportunities and OWU was 2-for-4, making good on both power play chances in the third quarter. For the second straight game Denison dominated the face-off circle. Jacobs was 12-of-17 and Taylor Manning was 1-of-2. Denison narrowly outshot OWU 27-26.

This marked the fifth straight Denison-OWU contest which has been decided by one goal. In 2004 the Bishops swept the season series with 7-6 and 10-9 wins. Last year the two schools split with OWU winning in Delaware, 14-13 in double overtime and Denison shocking Ohio Wesleyan 10-9 in Granville. This will be the only regular season meeting between the two schools and does count toward the North Coast Athletic Conference standings.

DU will be back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Springfield for an NCAC battle with Wittenberg at 7 p.m.