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