Bridgeport Barrage vs. Long Island Lizards
July 12, 2003
The Game Story:
A.J. Haugen scored three straight goals in the fourth quarter, turning a 16-14 deficit into a 17-16 lead, as the Long Island Lizards (5-2) clung to a 17-16 victory over the Bridgeport Barrage (0-6). Haugen scored five goals en route to Bud Light MVP honors, as the Lizards defense held Bridgeport to only one goal in the final 25 minutes in front of 3,253 fans at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Kevin Lowe scored two goals and three assists, while Jay Jalbert scored one goal and three assists for the Lizards. Dan Denihan led Bridgeport with four goals and two assists, but rookie goaltender Matt Hunter was the story has he frustrated the Lizards offense with 30 saves in his debut.

Dan Denihan started the scoring 36 seconds in, but Greg McCavera and A.J. Haugen each scored to give the Lizards a 2-1 lead. Roy Colsey tied the game at 2 for Bridgeport, but the Lizards scored three straight, from Kevin Finneran, Steve Sombrotto, and Haugen. Bridgeport answered back with four goals, with Chris Royelli, Blake Miller, Keith Cromwell and Matt Striebel scoring. Kevin Lowe would score minutes later for the Lizards to notch the game at 6-6 after one quarter.

Neither team scored until the eigth minute of the second quarter, when Dan Denihan ended a 15-minute scoring drought for the Barrage to put Bridgeport up 7-6. Long Island answered back strongly, with Conor Denihan scoring a two-pointer, followed by two goals by Chris Massey. Long Island led 10-7, but Bridgeport scored four straight to take an 11-10 lead into the half.

Bridgeport came out of the locker room on fire, with Blake Miller scoring on the fast break, followed by goals from Dan Denihan and Mike Springer. At 14-10, the Barrage had their largest lead of the game, but Long Island battled back with three unassisted goals from Tim Goettelmann, Kevin Lowe and Jay Jalbert, cutting the lead to 14-13 with one quarter to play.

Chris Massey tied the game two minutes into the fourth quarter, but Doug Shanahan ended Bridgeport^s 13-minute scoring drought with a two-pointer, giving the Barrage a commanding 16-14 lead. However, A.J. Haugen scored three straight goals, including two power-play markers, to put the Lizards up 17-16 with just under five minutes to play. The Lizards defense successfully killed the remainder of the clock, as Brian Dougherty saved a Roy Colsey two-point attempt with 16 seconds remaining.

The game will be televised via tape delay on ESPN2 on Tuesday, at 3:00 PM. The Lizards return home, as they play the New Jersey Pride at Mitchel Field on Saturday.