It took 91 minutes of exciting action, but the University of Delaware advanced to ACHA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament semifinals Sunday afternoon by defeating Ohio University 5-4 in double overtime.
This marked the second consecutive year for the Blue Hens to advance to college hockey's club final four. Forward Mark Zeszut scored the game winner at the nine minute mark of the fifth period, the only time the Hens led the entire game.
The overtime periods were set up after a goal by Chris Volonnino with about seven minutes left in regulation after the Bobcats Josh Foder beat Delaware netminder S.J. Broadt at 11:29. Volonnino's goal was his second of the tournament and knotted the score at 4--4.
OU's Zack Tisdale started the scoring about midway through the first period on a power play goal. Delaware's first talley of the game occurred on a power play at 5:52 when Kevin Miller blasted a shot past Bobcat goalie Teddy Dushkin. The Bobcats would trade goals with Delaware for the rest of the period with the Blue Hens Michael Piet and Chris Galgano each lighting the red light.
Both goaltenders turned in excellent performances as Broadt, playing on a sore foot, recorded 52 saves, while Dushin had 37 saves for Ohio. Broadt and Dushkin each made a handful of spectacular saves in both overtime periods. At the end of the first overtime, Delaware's usually staunch defense coughed up the puck behind their own net, forcing Broadt to make a diving stop with 11 seconds to go. In the second session, Broadt and company staved off several short handed situations.
In another quarterfinal matchup, Penn State defeated Oklahoma 6--3. The Nittany Lion Icers will play Oakland (Michigan) Tuesday evening.
Delaware will play the winner of the Lindenwood-Minot University winner, also on Tuesday evening. The championship game will be played Wednesday evening.