Huston lifts Pacers past Warhawks in double OT

By Ben Stroup

April 10, 2014

Delaware Hayes picked up its first-ever win over Westerville Central Wednesday, as Judson Huston found the back of the net in double overtime to give the Pacers a thrilling 11-10 win.

First-year Hayes head coach John Lyon said the win was great, but the way his team went about getting it was even better.

“The best thing is this is a blue-collar team that works hard on the field, in practice and in games, and they are coming together as a really competitive group,” he said. “As the players say, they are all head, heart and hustle … but I think they are one more thing, and that’s relentless.”

Huston’s game-winning goal was his second score of the game as the Pacers got it done with a relatively balanced offensive attack, with MacGregor Roberts and his five-goal outburst the lone exception. In addition to Roberts and Huston, three other Pacers cracked the scoring column as Clay Sparks finished with a pair of goals and Joseph Sanfillipo and Collin Ward, who had the game’s first tally, closed with one apiece.

Tyler Groth finished with 10 saves in the Hayes goal.

•Alex Menzo was virtually unstoppable Wednesday in Lewis Center, scoring a game-high seven goals to lead Orange to a lopsided 20-3 win over visiting Gahanna.

Menzo had plenty of help, too, as seven other Pioneers cracked the scoring column. Nick Cannon had a nice game with four goals, Ashton Onesko scored three times in the win, Schutte scored twice and the quartet of Tyler Lichter, Adam Rieger, Andrew Peura and Justin Gels finished with a goal apiece to smooth out the scoring summary.

Robert McHale anchored the defense, finishing with a save in the win.

•Upper Arlington handed visiting Liberty its first league loss of the young season, doubling up the Patriots 8-4 Wednesday night.

Mitchell Hughes scored a pair of goals while Drew Gouhin and Nick Durtschi smoothed out the Liberty scoring summary with one goal each.

Sean Murphy finished with 14 saves in the Patriot goal.

•Carter Marsch, Joey Schooley and Alex Alley scored for Big Walnut, but it wasn’t enough as Pickerington North closed with an 8-3 win Wednesday evening.

The Golden Eagles’ Vaughn Firmalan finished with an assist in the setback while Derek Herman finished with 17 saves. Alec Schnabel also had a save in the loss.