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Duke Rallies Late to Beat Towson, 10-8
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/17/2018
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TOWSON, Md. –Third-ranked Duke scored the game’s final three goals and held Towson scoreless for the final 12:19 to rally from a one-goal deficit to a 10-8 road victory over the Tigers. Senior goaltender Danny Fowler finished with a season-high 14 saves and Justin Guterding paced the offense with four points.

Guterding netted three goals and an assist, including the game winner with 4:43 left, while Fowler made five fourth-quarter stops, including one on the doorstep in the final two minutes to help Duke improve to 7-1.  Towson falls to 3-4 overall.

The Blue Devils opened the game’s scoring 1:10 into the game on an unassisted tally from Brad Smith. Guterding converted a Brad Smith assist just over two minutes later for the 2-0 advantage.

Towson made it 2-1, but the Blue Devils answered with three straight in a span of 3:35 for the 5-1 lead after the first quarter. Duke had three different goal scorers in the opening frame, while Danny Fowler made four stops.

Like it has done all season, Duke’s defense shined by holding Towson without a goal and to only six shots in the second quarter. Offensively, the Blue Devils were unable to pull away in scoring just twice for the 7-2 halftime advantage.

The Tigers roared back in the third quarter with four unanswered to make it a one-goal game, 7-6, heading into the final frame of regulation. Four different players scored for Towson in the spurt with Jon Mazza starting things at 10:54 of the period.

Towson, while holding the Blue Devils scoreless in the third period, tacked on two more in the start of the fourth for its first lead of the game at 8-7. Mazza put the Tigers ahead with 12:19 left in the fourth, the final goal Towson would score as Duke locked down on defense.

Junior Sean Lowrie sparked the three-goal run that ended the game, stopping Duke’s scoreless stretch at 21:25 with 10:16 left. Just under six minutes later, Guterding put the Blue Devils ahead for good, beating Towson goalie Shane Brennan low.

Joe Robertson iced the victory as Duke turned in defense into offense. Kevin McDonough forced the turnover, Brian Smyth picked up the ground ball and found Robertson on the crease to ice the victory.

Brennan finished with 13 saves, a season-high against the Blue Devils this season.

Joseph Stein and Smyth split faceoff duties, going 6-of-14 and 2-of-7, respectively, but also making life difficult for the Tigers in losses at the X.

Duke wastes no time getting back on the field, traveling to Cleveland to take on Cleveland State. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m. on Lax Sports Network.

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