Oct 7th, 2012 | Jacksonville, FL – The Jacksonville Bullies looking to prosper again against last week’s oppent’s the Reading Rockets and found themselves playing extra time again and defeating the Rockets 18-17 in OT tonight. Jacksonville’s Shawn Wilkins scored with just 0:00.4 left on the clock in the 4th Quarter to send the game into OT and Kiel Matisz scored his sixth goal of the contest at the 12:01 mark to close out a chippy affair between the two teams. Travis Bland chipped in 11 points (two goals, nine assists) to lead the Rocket attack.
The first quarter began with Reading jumping out to a quick two goal lead, but the Bullies responded with a pair of their own and Jacksonville closed out the first quarter with a 6-5 lead. Matisz and Andrew Kirkaldy scored five of their six goals. Jacksonville’s assault continued in the second quarter as Wilkins took over, scoring three goals in 5:37 to extend the lead to 11-8 at the half.
Newcomer Linden Stevens began the second half with his second goal of the game and Travis Bland added another as the Rockets fired back with five third quarter goals, including Stevens’ third and the first of three by veteran Dan Deckelbaum. Elliott Bender scored a man down at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Reading would respond with a pair of power play goals just 25 seconds apart to take the lead. Deckelbaum would add what would have been an insurance goal at 2:57, but the Bullies wouldn’t go away.
Junior Bucktooth scored a power play goal at 1:44 to bring Jacksonville within one before Wilkins’ heroics would send it into overtime. Matisz rushed up the middle to pot the game winner and send Reading home with its second straight OT loss. Highlight’s Andrew Kirkaldy with 3 goals and 2 assists. Kiel Matisz with 6 goals and 1 assist and JR Bucktooth with 1 goal and 3 assits. Jacksonville’s home win is the first for a PLL team this season. Bullies are now 3-1.
The Jacksonville Bullies next home game will be October 13, 1012 at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Face off at 7pm. Call 904-425-8905 for ticket information.