Ohio midfielder Tom Schreiber played the role of hero Saturday at Selby Stadium, scoring five minutes into overtime to give the Machine a thrilling 13-12 win over the visiting Charlotte Hounds.
The battle was as pivotal as it was heart-pounding, moving Ohio into a fourth-place tie in the league standings. The game marked the Machine’s second-ever overtime matchup and first overtime win. It was also the first-ever overtime MLL game at Selby Stadium.
The Machine, up 12-11 with less than a minute on the clock, nearly had things wrapped up in regulation … that is until Charlotte’s Ryan Young equalized at the last moment — finding the back of the net with just 1.9 seconds to go.
Unfazed, Ohio went back to work in the extra session. The two teams traded empty but exciting possessions until Schreiber sent the fans home happy.
The game was close from start to finish. The Machine’s young guns got the team off on the right foot, with midfielder Peter Baum following a Logan Schuss score with his club-record 29th goal of the year. Rookie attackman Derek Maltz followed with his first career goal, the first of what turned out to be four on the day, and Ohio found itself proud owners of a 3-1 lead.
The game came to a screeching halt at that point, with neither team able to crack the scoring column for the next 12 minutes. When the action finally picked back up, the Hounds had all the momentum, scoring four of the next five goals to take a 5-4 lead into halftime.
Machine defenseman Brian Farrell, the leading points-per-game long pole in the league, tied the game with a goal less than a minute into the second half before face-off man Eric O’Brien and Maltz added goals of their own to make it a 7-5 Ohio edge just less than a minute later.
The Hounds clawed back into things with four straight scores, taking a brief one-goal lead, but Schuss evened things at nine with a power play goal with 1:58 left in the third quarter.
Charlotte scored 14 seconds into the final frame, but Maltz equalized with the fourth and final goal of his MLL debut. Schuss added his third of the night to give Ohio an 11-10 lead with 11:28 to play and, after a goal for Ohio and a pair of scores for the Hounds, the game went to overtime tied at 12 before Schreiber’s winner.
Maltz finished the day with his four goals while Schuss added three and Farrell had two. Baum and Schreiber each tallied three assists to lead the game.
Machine goalie Brian Phipps picked up the win after making 17 saves on 29 shots on goal. O’Brien went 7-for-13 on face-offs while teammate Bobby Dattilo finished 10-for-16 at the midfield X.
Justin Ward led the Hounds with three goals on the night.
The Machine will stay at home to play the Denver Outlaws on Saturday before heading back out on the road. That game will be broadcast live on the CBS Sports Network.
Tim Moody and theohiomachine.com contributed to this report.