The Carolina Hurricanes were a fraction of a second from opening their season with a victory in regulation. As tough as shootouts have been for this team over the years, winning one of those was an even more satisfying way to start.
Jaccob Slavin scored in the tiebreaker and the Hurricanes beat Minnesota 5-4 on Saturday night after the Wild forced overtime with a goal with 0.3 seconds left in regulation.
“Just got to focus on what’s next — obviously, there’s nothing we can do about it after it goes in,” Slavin said. “So we’ve just got to focus on overtime there.”
But unlike recent Virginia teams, the Cavaliers bounced back and won 28-21 on Saturday. Benkert threw three touchdown passes as they reeled of 21 straight points, the defense held Duke to 255 yards and made a stand in the closing minutes to finish off their third consecutive victory Saturday.
“Our offense made timely plays, we made timely stops,” senior linebacker Micah Kiser said. “That’s why we won it.”
Sophomore wide receiver Joe Reed, whose first season ended with a 2-10 record, was a bit more excited.
“We feel like we have the whole season in front of us,” he said. “We feel like nobody can beat us, just positivity all around.”
Benkert settled down after Jeremy McDuffie intercepted him and returned it 42 yards. A big part of why was that Virginia, whose offensive line was not giving the quarterback time Wholesale Jerseys Cheap against an aggressive and effective pass rush, went to a short Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys passing game.