Sept. 30, 2007
Evansville used a goal in the final minute of regulation to send the game to extra time and eventually got a 3-2 win over Butler in the second overtime, dropping the Bulldogs' record to 4-4-2 on the season.
"I think we just need to learn how to win games," Head Coach Kelly Findley said. "We did everything we needed to do, we just didn't close it out."
Fifteen minutes later, Gatzky again set up a goal off of a set piece when he found David Giarratana who kicked it into Frank Patano for the score. It was Patano's team-leading sixth goal for Butler and was also a team high mark for Gatzky who has five assists on the year.
"We scored off of a couple of set pieces which is not normal for our team," Findley said. "I thought it would be a shootout, it wasn't going to end 1-0 or 0-0. I knew it would be a multiple goal game and in the end it was."
Butler suffered a defensive loss when starting goalie Fabian Knopfler left the game shortly after the Bulldogs' second goal with an injury. Nick Hegeman came in to play the rest of the game for Butler and picked up two saves but allowed all three Evansville goals.
"It does (effect the team) when you lose the goalie to injury, it's a mental thing," Findley said. "I thought Nick did well. He came into the game and worked hard."
Evansville used a goal 10 minutes into the second half to get on the board and then scored to tie the game with just 55 seconds left to play in regulation.
"We started to play not to lose," Findley said. "In the first half we played to win the game and in the second we played not to lose."
The Purple Aces got the game-winner in the second overtime period when they scored just three minutes into the extra frame.Mike Luttrull scored his second goal of the game as he got a cross from Cory Elenio and headed the ball past Hegeman.
The Bulldogs look to rebound when they start Horizon League play on Friday as they take on UW-Milwaukee at Kuntz Stadium at 7 p.m.