Cold Lake fights into extra time, falls short to Onion Lake 4-3
“I don’t think we played the best hockey, we could’ve,” Head Coach of the Jr B Ice, Scott Hood says although the point captured for taking it to overtime will help the club for post-season standings, he would’ve preferred a stronger effort from the club and the two points. “Our record in OT is terrible. With me as a coach, we haven’t won a game in OT,” Hood says he had a feeling they’d be doomed after the buzzer sounded at the end of 60 minutes and indicated there’d be a need for extra time.
Greg Cameron of the Onion Lake Border Chiefs opened up the scoring at Cold Lake’s Imperial Oil Place on Friday evening, with just 14 seconds left in the first 20 minutes of play. The Ice kept a clean game and responded quick in the second with a goal from captain, Curtis Witney; assist going to Coltan Buchta. Jean-Guy Boisvert got the go-ahead for the Ice with an unassisted goal 13:29 in the second, to close the period with a 2-1 lead for Cold Lake.
The Border Chiefs tied it up a minute into the third, from Colby Stanley. The Ice’s Curtis Witney advanced the club again, with the help of Jacob Bartman and Mackenzie Zarowny. And just as the club thought the game was over, Onion Lake’s Tristen Charles tied it again at 3 goals a piece, to force extra time.
“Onion Lake’s got a good team, they’re getting ready for playoffs too,” Coach Hood acknowledges the Border Chiefs worked hard and after time ran out in the first round of overtime, Drake Teer put one past Ice’s goalie, Nathan Dancy to end the fight.
Preparing for the final regular season game on Saturday, the coach says it’s simple, smart hockey that’ll advance the club. “We want to play simple hockey, smart hockey. We have skill and we want to get pucks deeps, get some shots in and play smart hockey.” The club welcomes the Vegreville Rangers for an 8:00 pm puck drop at Imperial Oil Place.