A huge fourth quarter takes Duke to a 13-12 overtime win. In a battle between #2 Notre Dame (6-1, 2-1 ACC) and #3 Duke ( 11-1, 3-1 ACC) Duke looked to avenge their only loss of the season. It seemed it would be Pat Kavanagh against Michael Sowers on center stage.
A 4-0 Notre Dame first quarter was all about Kavanagh. He would net the first two goals en route to a 4 goal 3 assist game, just in the first half. Kavanagh assisted on Will Yorke’s (2g) 17th then completed his hat trick to close the quarter with the Irish Fightin, 4-0.
Kavanagh added another assist on a David Lipka (1g,1a) that increased the deficit to 5-0.
After a drought of 19:05, Sowers (4g,1a) stopped the run followed at 9:17 with Brennan O’Neill (2g,1a) converting a Nakeie Montgomery feed to cut it to 5-2. Yorke and Dyson Williams (1g) counterpunched before Kavanagh closed the half with a 7-3 Notre Dame advantage.
The second half opened with Eric Dobson (2g) pumping in his 10th and 11th at 13:57 and 9:33 to seemingly blow it open at 9-3.
Sowers and Montgomery (3g,2a) answered but Sean Leahey (1g) had an answer for the Irish. Owen Caputo (2g) closed the third with a Duke marker and a 10-6 score. O’Neill opened the scoring in the fourth. He was matched by Morrison Mirer (1g) and Reilly Gray (1g) that pushed the Notre Dame advantage to 12-7.
The Duke fortunes would change. Fueled by Montgomery, Caputo, Montgomery getting his third and a pair from Sowers with the clock showing :34. He had the game-tying goal at :14 to change the face of the affair. This put the Blue Devils in a 12-12 tie. Off to overtime, they would go. Sowers would hit Cameron Mule (1g) at the 2:05 mark to get the Duke revenge.
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Notre Dame netminder, Liam Entenmann turned away 14 shots and Mike Adler stopped 10 Irish tries. Shots were 41-40 for Duke with Duke having an advantage with 27-22 on shots on goal. Turnovers revealed a 17-15 Irish advantage with Groundballs going the Duke way, 29-28. A huge fourth quarter for Duke wins them the game.