Catawba outscored the Florida Tech Panthers 8-2 in the fourth quarter Sunday, leading to a 15-7 victory for the Indians. Carson Clough was the only multi-goal scorer for the Panthers in this one, finishing with a hat-trick.
It is the second loss in a row for the Panthers who fell to Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday, in the first of back-to-back games in North Carolina.
The Panthers (1-4) trailed on Sunday from the outset. Catawba got on the board first when Dalton Cook beat Panthers starting goalie Daniel Flock with 5:10 remaining in the first quarter. That made it 1-0 and was the start of a big day for Cook, who ended up with a six-point day, three goals and three assists.
It took 1:09 for the Panthers to answer. Nate Howard scored his first of the season, tying things at one. Unfortunately for Florida Tech, the Indians would not only answer that goal but get two more including Liam Lynch scoring with one second remaining in the quarter, giving his team a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes.
Catawba goalie Kevin Geiger made a few saves early in the second quarter and watched as Tyler Covey hit the crossbar. Even with all that, the Panthers did get the only goal of the quarter with Clough scoring with 7:29 left, cutting the Indians lead in half, 4-2.
Cook scored his 10th of the season to start the third quarter, giving his squad a 5-2 lead. Tajee Mobley scored his eighth of the season for the Panthers 1:01 later, closing the gap to 5-3 with 12:04 to go in the quarter.
Chase Scott would score twice with a Clough goal sandwiched in there and it was 7-4. Clough would get his hat-trick goal with six seconds left in the quarter and as dominant as Catawba had been, the Panthers were right in this thing, headed to the fourth.
Catawba (2-3) got off to a fast start with goals from Cook, Scott and Joe Barber, doubling up the Panthers 10-5 with 12:45 left in the contest.
After Addison Abramson scored just over a minute later, closing the gap to 10-6, the Indians tallied four in a row, one off the stick of Justin Warnock two from Cole Fanzo and the last one coming from Liam Lynch. That barrage all came in a span of fewer than four minutes and put Catawba up 14-6.
Fanzo would end up with a four-point day, registering three goals and an assist.
Justin Williams would score the final goal of the day for the Panthers and Catawba ended their big day with a goal from Jared Richard.
Flock faced 35 shots and made 11 saves in 56:27 of play. Jake Hahn played 3:33 but did not see a shot. Geiger faced 40 shots, making 17 saves and allowing just seven goals. He made 11 saves of the course of the middle two quarters.
The Indians dominated in ground balls 43-27 and won 16 of 25 faceoffs.
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The Panthers continue their road trip on Wednesday, March 14 when they visit Mars Hill in Savannah, GA. Faceoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.