DENVER - Penn and Denver closed the Pioneer Faceoff Classic with just that Sunday afternoon -- a classic.
In a fourth quarter that could only be described as frenetic, the Quakers held a three-goal lead, allowed the Pioneers to overtake them with a 5-1 run, then tied things up with just 26 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Craig Andrzejewski. In overtime, however, Denver gained possession andgained the 12-11 winjust 43 seconds in when Brett Koll scored his first game of the day.
The loss evened Penn's record at 2-2, while Denver -- which swept this weekend with wins over the Quakers and Brown -- improved to 3-3.
Penn used a good second quarter to take a 6-4 lead by halftime, and then got goals from Alex Weber and Rob McMullen in the third to double their advantage. Denver's John Dickenson scored late in the quarter to make the score 8-5 entering the final stanza.
That is when it got interesting.
Ilija Gajic made the score 8-6 four minutes into the period, but his goal was matched two minutes later by J.J. Lian. However, the Pioneers drew within a goal with 5:15 to play when Jon Paulson and Joey Murray scored three minutes apart.
Corey Winkoff made it a 10-8 game with 3:42 left, but Denver quickly got that one back when Ben Wahler finished a Paulson feed. Murray then pushed the Pioneers in front with a pair of goals 1:20 apart; the second came with just 1:18 left on the clock. Andrzejewski finished a feed from Winkoff to tie things up, but that just set the stage for Koll's overtime heroics.
Andrzejewski had another big day for the Quakers, scoring twice and dishing off three assists for five points. Winkoff had four points (2g, 2a), and Garvey Heiderman also scored twice. Weber and freshman Al Kohart each recorded a goal and an assist.
Denver was led by Murray's three goals, while Paulson had two goals and an assist. Gajic and Cliff Smith recorded a goal and an assist each.
Four Penn athletes earned all-tournament: Andrzejewski, Heiderman, goalie Chris Casey and sophomore Tommy Dodge on defense.
Faceoff Classic All-Tournament
Goalie: Chris Casey, Penn
LSM: Dan Gnazzo, Air Force
Attack: Thomas Muldoon, Brown
Attack: Craig Andrzejewski, Penn
Attack: Jamie Lincoln, Denver
Defense: Jake Hardy, Brown
Defense: Dillon Roy, Denver
Defense: Tommy Dodge, Penn
Midfield: Griffin Nevitt, Air Force
Midfield: Garvey Heidermann, Penn
Midfield: Joey Murray, Denver
MVP: Brett Koll, Denver