It was quite the way to start off the season and the NCIC schedule with a double overtime showdown between Geneseo and Sterling Aug. 25.

 


It was quite the way to start off the season and the NCIC schedule with a double overtime showdown between Geneseo and Sterling Aug. 25.

After the final buzzer sounded it was Geneseo who pulled out the 2-1 victory to start the year off 1-0.

“I think our fitness was the key factor in the win,” said head coach Ian Kline.

Sterling struck first on an unassisted goal by Brian Gutierrez at the 7-minute mark for the 1-0 lead.

The Leafs got on the board just before the half at the 35:00-mark on a penalty kick by goalie Jacob Arnold to tie the game 1-1 at halftime.

Both teams battled to score the go ahead goal in the second half, but were unsuccessful, ending regulation in a 1-1 tie.

In the first overtime, again neither team could find the net resulting in a 1-1 tie to force a second OT.

Finally in the 89:00 of the game, Drew Haars punched through the winning goal on the assist from Hunter McVietty to take the 2-1 advantage and win.

“I think our guys understood last year Sterling came here and won in double overtime and the boys didn’t want that to happen again,” said Kline. “They had the drive and they knew Sterling was tired.”

Geneseo finished the game taking 22 shots on goal, while Sterling ended with seven. Arnold made four saves in net for the Leafs, while Sterling’s goalie also came up with four.

The Leafs (1-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCIC) will next host Rockton Hononegah at 11 a.m. and Rockford Boylan at 4 p.m. Aug. 29.