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    Most shocking and improbable finishes to a game

    Tonight there was a game that ended in the most unimaginable way. Niagara which only won 3 games this season and sitting at the bottom of the PWR by a mile came from behind in a highly unlikely way to beat RIT 5-4. Trailing 4-2 with under 6 minutes to go Niagara was called for a penalty which they were about to kill off but instead scored a shorthanded goal with 8 seconds left with under 4 minutes to go. Then with time winding down and under a minute to go they scored the equalizer with an extra attacker goal. However with 21 seconds left Niagara was called for another penalty and 10 seconds later the improbable happened again. They scored another shorthanded goal with 11 seconds left to win 5-4. All of this when trailing they only had 6 shots total on net in the third period, half of them being those goals in the last 4 minutes. Absolute stunner.

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    Re: Most shocking and improbable finishes to a game

    Saw the boxscore and it had me scratching my head.

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    Re: Most shocking and improbable finishes to a game

    I was doing play-by-play for RIT and wanted to throw up.

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    Oh, gosh Ed...I can imagine. Done some heartbreaking ones before, but never quite like that.

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    Here are the game highlights, or lowlights if you're a RIT fan. Unfortunately RIT takes a page out of the Notre Dame game highlight playbook (probably wouldn't have showed any Niagara goals except for the comeback happening) and only shows the goals that tie and win it for Niagara. So not all game highlights but you still get to see the last two goals.
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    Re: Most shocking and improbable finishes to a game

    2004 National Championship Denver vs Maine
    1-0 Denver with 2:11 to go DU Penalty 1:50 to go DU Penalty
    Maine pulls Goalie 6 on 3
    2 posts, 1 crossbar, big saves
    DU wins first Natty in 35 years 1-0

    Highlights --14 minute mark for the dramatic, hold your breath last 2 minutes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLB2rQOZy8
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    Quote Originally Posted by vizoroo View Post
    2004 National Championship Denver vs Maine
    1-0 Denver with 2:11 to go DU Penalty 1:50 to go DU Penalty
    Maine pulls Goalie 6 on 3
    2 posts, 1 crossbar, big saves
    DU wins first Natty in 35 years 1-0

    Highlights --14 minute mark for the dramatic, hold your breath last 2 minutes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLB2rQOZy8
    That was the most intense 90 seconds of hockey I've ever witnessed.

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    Re: Most shocking and improbable finishes to a game

    I suppose BU-Miami is the one that first comes to mind. Even as a person with no rooting interest, all I could think was, "Oh my. Miami's people must be dying."

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    Quote Originally Posted by purpleinnebraska View Post
    I suppose BU-Miami is the one that first comes to mind. Even as a person with no rooting interest, all I could think was, "Oh my. Miami's people must be dying."
    I was at both games. Incredible disappointment in '04 and unbelievable exhilaration in '09.

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    Lowell once scored a goal IIRC at the end of the third to tie versus Providence and then won with a second left in overtime. Not a miraculous type of setting but it was one of those that proves you have to keep working the whole game.
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    Just to show how unlikely that finish was you have to look at game 2 tonight of that series. Despite 2 Power Plays in the first period Niagara is outshot 16-2 and down 3-0 after one period. How in the world did they pull that off last night?

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    Still the Game:

    For me the greatest comeback in the sense of a swing from low to high still has to be the March 6, 1979 ECAC Quarterfinal Cornell-Providence game. This was the old ECAC with all the eastern Division I teams. The quarterfinal games were at the higher seeded team's rink, one and done. The previous year Providence had upset the Red 8-5.

    In 1979, Providence went up 4-0 at :45 of the third period. John Stornik scored for Cornell at 3:10, but Bauer scored his second of the night for Providence only 50 seconds later. Stornick scored again at 7:39 and Steve Hennessey brought it to 5-3 at 9:35. Johnny Olds made it 5-4 at 14:49, but despite a 20-6 shot differential in the 3rd, Cornell couldn't get the puck past Providence goalie Bill Milner again. With less than a minute and Cornell's goalie, Brian Hayward pulled, Providence's Randy Wilson got behind the Cornell defense and skated in on the empty net by himself. Everyone in the rink thought he would make the empty netter and Cornell would miss Boston for the second year in a row.

    Miraculously, he somehow missed. Lance Nethery picked up the puck behind the goal line and not knowing how much time was left just skated to the Providence blue line and whaled a low slapshot that skidded under Milner's stick for the tying goal with 13 second left.
    The bedlam that broke out as the fans' hearts lept from the depths to the heights was deafening. Anything the fans could throw on the ice was thrown. The Big Red Pep Band was so excited, that they didn't play "Davy" until minutes later (for those who know the Cornell band, this was unprecedented). Roy Ives, the Cornell radio announcer screamed so loudly that he essentially lost his voice and struggled mightily to complete the broadcast. When order was restored, it was announced that Nethery's goal both tied Doug Ferguson's Cornell record of 91 career goals and RPI's Frank Chiarelli's ECAC record of 268 career points.

    In the overtime Providence had no shots on goal. At 4:00 Rob Gemmell scored the winning goal. Fans scrambled over the glass (lower then) and mobbed the team.

    Still gives me goosebumps to recall Nethery's miracle goal nearly 40 years later. Cornell used the radio audio and the team (coaching) video as part of its recent $10 million appeal for Lynah improvements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patman View Post
    Lowell once scored a goal IIRC at the end of the third to tie versus Providence and then won with a second left in overtime. Not a miraculous type of setting but it was one of those that proves you have to keep working the whole game.
    You were close - 1/12/2008. Lowell scored with 1 second left in the 2nd period to tie the game, then won it with 2 seconds left in OT: http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/men/...p?mprvuml1.j12
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottK View Post
    You were close - 1/12/2008. Lowell scored with 1 second left in the 2nd period to tie the game, then won it with 2 seconds left in OT: http://www.hockeyeastonline.com/men/...p?mprvuml1.j12
    i was there so I know it was something like that... their coach wasn't exactly happy
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    I still recall that NU game in 2013 when Lowell was down 4-1 early in the third and Patronick was so disgusted, he left the game. And then Lowell clawed back, tying it up with less than a minute left and then winning it in OT on a Christian Folin blast.
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    For me one game always comes to mind. Notre Dame versus Western Michigan at Lawson Ice Arena in Kalamazoo, January 28th, 1983. It was the first night of a Friday/Saturday home-and-home series.

    The previous day news had broken that Notre Dame was leaving the CCHA and dropping hockey to a club sport. It was a devastating culmination of years of uncertainty for the program.

    Dating back to a recruiting moratorium to comply with federal requirements to the Title IX amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965, support for hockey on the campus had dwindled from the earlier days of the program, in large part to the inability to consistently compete when good players did not know with certainty that hockey was a priority. Indiana's own Senator, Birch Bayh co-authored the legislation that ensured there would be no discrimination based on gender for any institution of higher education that received even a dollar of federal aid. Notre Dame -- along with most other NCAA schools -- was not in compliance and as we know even today, the easiest way to comply is to drop a sport. In large part Notre Dame's move to the CCHA from the WCHA for the 1981-82 season was also in part driven by the need to balance the expenses of men's and women's sports, as the travel in the CCHA would be significantly less expensive.

    Fast forward to 1983. After rumors and and unknowns that continued for weeks, the axe finally fell during the week of the WMU game. A somber team made the 60 minute bus ride north to Kalamazoo, and tagging along was yours truly and a small but vocal group of fans and families who traveled to many road contests.

    For 56 minutes the game did not go well for the Irish. They fell behind 3-0 and trailed at various times by scores of 4-1, 5-2 and late in the third 7-4. At the 15:06 mark of the third period, Notre dame, still trailing 7-4, found themselves short-handed as freshman Mark Benning was headed for the penalty box. But with just 3:49 left in the game, Rex Bellomy scored a short-handed goal to make the score 7-5. John Deasey scored with just 2:23 left to make it a one goal game. And then with just over a minute remaining, Kirt Bjork -- father to Notre Dame's leading scorer this season Anders Bjork -- scored on a blistering slapshot just inside the blueline on an odd-man break tying the game at 7. The goal was Bjork's 3rd of the game -- to go along with 2 assists -- and was his 3rd hattrick of his All-American season. Heading into the OT tied at 7, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion Notre Dame would win the game. In those days a full intermission and a 10-minute OT were in the NCAA rulebook. Once the puck was dropped it did not take long for the comeback to be complete. Deasey scored his second goal of the night and Notre Dame won 8-7.

    Deasey went on to play two seasons at Providence, helping the Friars to their first ever title game, falling short in the final and losing to RPI. The Western Michigan goalie was long time NHLer Glenn Healy. Gene Corrigan, Notre Dame's athletic director at the time, said the decision to drop hockey was the saddest day of his professional career. In an ironic post script, which many of us close to the program and those who worked in it considered insulting, when Father Edmond P. Joyce, Executive Vice President of Notre Dame and the chairman of the Faculty Board in Control of Athletics retired, the building that housed the hockey team was re-named in his honor. It burned many of us because Father Joyce almost single-handedly was the administration figure behind dropping hockey.

    Notre Dame has won a couple of big games since then, but for me that game remains perhaps my most vivid memory of the team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vizoroo View Post
    2004 National Championship Denver vs Maine
    1-0 Denver with 2:11 to go DU Penalty 1:50 to go DU Penalty
    Maine pulls Goalie 6 on 3
    2 posts, 1 crossbar, big saves
    DU wins first Natty in 35 years 1-0

    Highlights --14 minute mark for the dramatic, hold your breath last 2 minutes
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvLB2rQOZy8
    Thanks for posting this link. I arrived late, missing most of the first, despite paying the big bucks to park in the lot at the Garden. My brother, who lives in Denver, told me at the time that if Adam Berkhoel stands on his head, the Pioneers could win. And, that Berkhoel did. Of course, who knows what would have happened if Mike Hamilton had not let his skate slide into the crease on the waived off Maine goal earlier in the game. Agree with the proprofromdover, as that final minute and 34 seconds was the most dramatic hockey that I have ever seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snively65 View Post
    Thanks for posting this link. I arrived late, missing most of the first, despite paying the big bucks to park in the lot at the Garden. My brother, who lives in Denver, told me at the time that if Adam Berkhoel stands on his head, the Pioneers could win. And, that Berkhoel did. Of course, who knows what would have happened if Mike Hamilton had not let his skate slide into the crease on the waived off Maine goal earlier in the game. Agree with the proprofromdover, as that final minute and 34 seconds was the most dramatic hockey that I have ever seen.
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    DU fans probably didn't like this one. Sure was fun listening to this as a Mav fan.

    http://www.denverpioneers.com/sports...122003aaa.html

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