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Prep Hockey: Dexter and Exeter play to thrilling 2-2 tie

In a game that had the feel of playoff hockey, two New England prep powers, Exeter and Dexter, skated to a stalemate.

Exeter has been tested this season but having gone into last night's game at 15-0, the team not been pushed to the brink of defeat. However, Dexter, a team that has not quite hit the heights it is capable, gave the Big Red all it could handle and ensured Exeter's 15 game winning streak ended, albeit in a tie.

The first period of play saw the teams trying to feel each other but Exeter had the better of the chances in the first 18 minutes. Dexter's goalie Nick Lanni, who has come on as of late as the starting goaltender, made some great saves to ensure the first period ended at 0-0.

However, the deadlock was broken 25 seconds into the second period as Exeter's Teddy Hart (Providence commit) advanced the puck, hit the post, and then Devin Moore knocked in the rebound. 1-0 Big Red. Yet, as the period went on, Dexter began to assert itself and 12:43 into the period Dexter's Pat Daly raced by the Exeter defense and evaded the goalie to notch his 17th goal of the season! Last year at Andover, Daly only scored 12 goals. Now he is in third place for most goals scored in New England. After that goal, Dexter looked like a new team and piled the pressure on Exeter. Then, after a scramble in front of the net, Kevin Hock skated in and tapped the puck home to give Dexter a 2-1 lead at the end of two periods.

As the game went to the third period, Exeter ratcheted up the pressure as the Big Red yearned for an equalizer. Exeter got in the form of Andy Espinoza as he gathered the puck and jammed home a close-range shot. After that, the game was marked by end-to-end action, near misses, and posts being hit. During the overtime, each team had a plethora of chances that just missed finding a home. It could have very well ended with a Dexter or Exeter win but these two prep heavyweights were forced to settle for a 2-2 tie.

Exeter is now 15-0-1 and will be back in action today against Hotchkiss. However, that could change due to weather. Dexter is 9-2-4 and will play ISL foes St. George's, St. Mark's, and Brooks in the next 10 days.