Livonia's Wyatt Struble puts the finishing touches on one of his four goals against host McQuaid Wednesday. Livonia won 12-11 on a Struble OT goal.
Another ‘Private’ taken out by Bulldogs
ROCHESTER — Taking down those ‘Privates.’
After avenging an earlier defeat at the hands of Aquinas by pulling off the victory over the Little Irish last week, Livonia did the same Wednesday night as they defeated host McQuaid to exact some revenge on a setback earlier on, beating the Jesuit Knights 12-11 in overtime on a Wyatt Struble goal.
McQuaid had defeated Livonia 13-9 April 4.
This time Livonia got the upper hand in a GRALL game that was originally scheduled for Bulldog Country but was switched to the turf at McQuaid because of field conditions.
Struble, a senior attackman, scored the game winner at the 2:24 mark of overtime and finished with four goals and three assists.
Livonia led 2-1 after one period behind goals from Struble and Derek Bishopp.
McQuaid stormed back in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 4-2, to take a 5-4 lead at the half as Struble and Bishopp scored again for the Bulldogs.
Livonia would tie the game at 5-5 early in the third when Bishopp scored off a feed from Struble.
After McQuaid regained the lead on a man-up goal, Livonia tied it again with an unassisted goal by Mitchell Kinney.
McQuaid would answer back to regain the lead but with less than a minute left in the third Livonia tied it at 7-7 when Cody Cisco scored off a pass from Struble.
The intensity was increased in the fourth quarter as both teams scored four times.
McQuaid actually led by two goals with just 3:35 left before Struble found Josh Wester open for a goal with 1:07 left to pull the Bulldogs to within 11-10.
With just 21 seconds left Struble would get the equalizer off a pass from Wester to send the game into OT.
While Struble led the way with four goals and three assists, Bishopp finished with three goals while Wester added one goal and one assist, both coming at crucial times for the orange and blue.
Netminder Ethan Jamison recorded 12 saves for Livonia, who improved to 6-2 on the season.
“Tonight’s game really was kind of a game where everyone just played at that monotone level with no real bursts of offense or defense that gave the edge until the end,” said Livonia coach Brett Wood. “Our defense played that ‘bend but don’t break’ game again. Ethan (Jamison) played solid and our defense got going as the game progressed. Offensively we did a lot of good things too and hopefully match-ups like this get us moving in the right direction.”