Bal's Goal Gives Storm Double Overtime Victory

Keegan Bal
Keegan Bal

PAINESVILLE, OHIO -- Sophomore Keegan Bal's (Coquitlam, B.C/Centennial Secondary) goal in double overtime gave Lake Erie College (5-6, 2-5 ECC) an 8-7 sudden death home victory over Dominican College (2-11, 1-7 ECC) at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. 

Bal had three goals in the contest to give him 22 on the season.  For the game-winner, Bal took a pass on the left wing and got to point blank range to find the back of the net 3:03 into the second four-minute overtime period. 

In goal, sophomore Alexander Wisner (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) made 12 saves in his first start of the season.

The Chargers struck first just 1:10 into the game but two straight Lake Erie goals with freshman Trevor Tarte (Amherstburg, Ontario/Kiski Prep) putting the Storm ahead 2-1.  Dominican scored late in the period to tie the score at 2-2 after one period. 

In the second quarter, Lake Erie scored two goals in the first 2:16 with sophomore midfielder Matthew Curcio (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) giving the Green and White a 4-2 advantage.  The Storm nearly blanked the Chargers for the entire period until Dominican found the back of the net in the final second of the half to go to intermission trailing 4-3.

The third quarter was scoreless for the first 12:37 until two Dominican goals in a 1:26 span put the Chargers in front 5-4.  That lead lasted just eight seconds when Bal scored off a feed from sophomore Joe Kudla (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton/Eastern University).

Dominican's Alex Jones gave the Chargers a 6-5 advantage with a bullet from 15 yards out with 11:12 to play.  The Storm knotted the game back up at 6-6 with 5:50 remaining as Bal scored his second goal of the day from the left side off a pass from freshman MacGregor Johnston (Nanaimo, BC/Dover Bay). Sophomore Kyle Larsen (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) put Lake Erie on top with 3:38 to play but Lake Erie could not kill the clock as Dominican's Brendan Bonacum scored with 23 seconds to play to send the contest to overtime.

In the first extra frame, Wisner made three saves in goal to keep the Storm alive into a second overtime.

The Storm is off for a week until Thursday, April 28 when they travel to face ECC foe Wheeling Jesuit at 7 p.m.

-LEC-