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49ers lose a heart breaker to Pacific 14-13 in sudden victory

Carter Taylor tied the team-high with two goals along with crucial steals down the stretch for the 49ers in the 14-13 loss in sudden victory to Pacific

Nov. 4, 2012

LONG BEACH, Calif. - The seventh-ranked 49ers fell to No. 7 Pacific 14-13 in a heart-breaker in the second period of sudden victory Sunday afternoon at the Campus Pool. Five players scored multiple goals for the 49ers while Balint Meszaros recorded a game-high 13 saves.

The Tigers started the game off quick with a goal 17 seconds into the game by Aleksander Petrovic. Dan Matulis responded with his first of two backhanded shots on the day past UOP goalie Alex Malkis.

Both teams exchanged goals a pair of goals in the second period to go into the half tied at 6-6.

The Tigers (11-7, 2-2 MPSF) started the second half with back-to-back goals but Long Beach State responded with two of its own from Matulis and Milos Vrzic on the power play to make it 8-8 heading into the final frame.

Petrovic put Pacific up in the fourth at 7:06 in the fourth but Nolan McConnell converted on the 6-on-5 advantage to tie the game at nine apiece. Meszaros had a huge save with about five minutes remaining during UOP's power play but Petrovic found a way to get the ball past the 49er defense to give the Tigers a 10-9 lead.

Carter Taylor responded with the tying goal for LBSU at 2:54 and then made crucial defensive plays as the clock expired. Taylor's first steal came at 1:20 in the two-meter zone and then again with 22 seconds remaining. Long Beach State had a chance with 19 seconds remaining in regulation but McConnell's skip shot was high.

Spencer White and McConnell each scored their second goals on back-to-back shots to put the 49ers up 12-11 in overtime. Pacific would not go away as Kevin Oliveira tied the game at 12-12 with 45 seconds remaining. Zacchary Kappos had a chance to give the 49ers the lead with two seconds on the clock but Malkis got a hand on it.



Petrovic recorded is fourth goal of the day in the first sudden victory period at 1:43 but Dimitrios Lappas immediately responded for the 49ers slamming the goal in from the right side to make it 13-13. Nick Rascon had a chance to end the game but his shot was tipped out with two seconds left.

McConnell made a crucial steal in the second sudden victory period but couldn't convert on a lob shot as Malkis leaped to snatch the ball in the air. Balacz Erdeyli, the conference-leading scorer, would play the hero as he shot a rocket into the back of the cage past Meszaros at 1:40 to give the Pacific the 14-13 win.

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