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Darien's Bantam B hockey team wins bronze medal in quadruple overtime

Published 1:48 pm, Thursday, December 13, 2012
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DYHA's Bantam B team went into battle in search of some hardware and it got it, winning the bronze medal 1-0 in a battle that went into quadruple overtime on Sunday in Lake Placid.

When regulation ended, Darien was scoreless against the Massachusetts Lexington Bedford team.

In overtime, the teams played 4-on-4 plus goalies for two minutes. With neither team scoring and the goalies battling it out, the next overtime was 3-on-3, then 2-on-2 and suddenly 1-on-1.

At the drop of the puck, Peyton Knauf won the face off, flew down the ice and buried a shot in the upper left corner of the net to secure the victory.

Brendan Bumgardner stood on his head in goal with 23 saves. Darien won in the storied 1932 Lake Placid rink behind strong defense of captains Aditya Krishnamachar and Jeremy Toscano, along with Nick Saah, Luke O'Neil, Brett Raker and Dennis Kennedy.

While Knauf was the hero of the game, Fin Batson scored the most points over the tournament, followed by Tommy Fox, Knauf, Charlie Weaver and Danny Frattaroli, with assists from Will Culliton, Carr Noonan, O'Neil and Saah. Bumgardner gave up only one goal in Lake Placid for a GAA of 0.33, the lowest of any Bantam goalie in the tournament.

The bronze medalists included strong offense from Patrick Curley, Charles Wheeler and Nick Kleban and were led by Coach Ken Smith, assistants Mike Carrano and Dave Wheeler and sponsored by Star Physical Therapy.