As Friday’s game went to overtime, the Aurora ice hockey team desperately needed a hero.
Senior defenseman Patrick Murray was more than willing to answer the call.
The Greenmen improved to 11-5 overall and 4-2 in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League White South Division after earning a 4-3 victory over Canfield. The match took place at Deep Freeze Ice Arena in Youngstown.
Murray scored the game-winning goal three minutes into the overtime period.
The Cardinals opened the scoring when David Hrina found the net five minutes into the game before Aurora freshman Will Genovese scored for his first career varsity goal with 30 seconds left in the period to knot the score 1-1.
Murray scored the lone goal in the second period and then Greenmen senior Jack McElwee scored to make it 3-1.
Canfield didn’t go down easily, though, as Brian Woak scored with seven minutes left in regulation and then Eli Dredge found the net two minutes later to tie the score.
The Greenmen had the upper hand throughout the sudden-death period, outshooting the Cardinals 8-1 before Murray finally found the net.
McElwee, Murray, sophomores Nathan Funk and Mike Mancine and freshman Zane Martin each had an assist each for Aurora.
Junior goaltender Nolan Sullivan made 17 saves in the nets for the Greenmen.
Cory Knarr stopped 39 shots in a losing effort for Canfield, which fell to 0-6 in the division and 3-7 overall.
It was the first time that Aurora went into sudden death overtime since a 2-2 tie against Twinsburg two years ago. It was the first overtime win for the Greenmen in nearly three years. Aurora defeated Brooklyn 5-4 in the Baron Cup II tournament.
"That was the biggest win of the season so far," Greenmen head coach John Sheridan said.
"Every game in this division is tough and to go on the road for our first game in almost a week, and pull one out in overtime is such a huge boost for us. It puts us in a great position in our division down the stretch."