Widener vs. Dickinson
March 16, 2013
The Game Story:
(box score)

Junior Mac Nestler (Chatham, NJ) played exceptionally well with 16 saves and Widener controlled most of the contest against third-ranked Dickinson, only to be handed a painful 8-7 loss at Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium.

Dickinson (6-0) jumped to a 3-1 lead at the end of the first quarter, getting two goals from Brian Cannon and one from Matt Cherry in a stanza which it gained a 14-6 shots edge.

But Widener (3-3) surged back into the game, shutting out Dickinson in the second quarter and getting three goals of its own for a 4-3 lead. Johnny Casey (Glenside, PA) scored early in the period, fellow senior Josh Fox (Wynnewood, PA) tallied with 5:41 left and senior Ryan Eidenshink (Elkins Park, PA) found the back of the net with 26 seconds remaining.

Nestler also was the story of the quarter with five saves. This included an amazing stop of a point-blank attempt from Marek Laco with four minutes left in the period with the game tied.

Cannon tallied for the Red Devils in the opening minute of the third quarter for a 4-4 tie, but the Pride had an answer. Freshman Marc La Vine (Nashua, NH) scored two minutes later and Casey added another with 7:28 to play for a 6-4 margin, Widener’s biggest lead of the contest.

The Red Devils came out firing in the fourth quarter, getting goals from Brett Parker and Chris Menard in the first four minutes for a 6-6 tie. The Pride had an answer with 7:04 to play as Eidenshink took a pass from junior Robert Clemens (Aston, PA) and scored for a 7-6 margin.

Dickinson benefitted from a man-up situation and scored with 4:56 left as Collin Farrell got the equalizer for a 7-7 tie. It was not done as Tyler White drove in and tallied only 18 seconds later for an 8-7 margin.

For most of the remainder of the contest, Widener possessed the ball and was poised for the tie after burning its final timeout with 35 seconds left. But Eidenshink had both of his shots in close blocked and Casey saw his final attempt sail wide in the waning seconds.

Casey and Eidenshink each scored twice, Clemens had three assists and La Vine added two for the Pride, who were on the wrong end of a 49-40 shots edge.

Nestler made five saves in the fourth quarter to keep the Pride in it and fell just short of his career-best mark of 18 saves, set April 21, 2012 at Lebanon Valley.

Cannon had three goals and two assists with Carter Moore winning 13-of-18 face-offs for the Red Devils. Greg Hanley amassed 10 saves.

Widener opens Commonwealth Conference play next Saturday at home against Messiah, starting at 1:00 pm.