The North Division semi-final series in the Heritage Junior Hockey League between the Airdrie Techmation Thunder and the Mountainview Colts is knotted at two games apiece following the Colts' 4 - 3 overtime win in Didsbury last night (February 25).
The series now shifts back to Airdrie for game five on Tuesday night. Puck drop is at 8:30 pm at the Ron Ebbesen Arena. Game six is set for Wednesday night at 7:45 pm in the Didsbury Memorial Complex. If the series goes to a decisive seventh game it will be played Friday night in Airdrie.
If being crushed 8 - 1 on Friday to go down 2 - 1 in the series diminished the Colts' hopes, you would never know it from last night's game. Joey Haden's second of the playoffs gave the Thunder the lead just past the halfway mark of the first but Didsbury would notch one with under a minute remaining to tie the game after 20 minutes,
Zach Couling's power-play goal would be the only goal of the second to again put the Thunder out front but the Colts' Trey Stovin would score a power-play marker of his own early in the third to knot things up again.
Will Barrett scored unassisted to again put Airdrie ahead less than halfway through the third and it looked like that goal could stand up and give Airdrie a 3 - 1 lead in the series. However, with under two minutes to play Steven Bell would put one past Airdrie goaltender Austin White and, for the second time in the series, the game went to overtime where Hayden Sotheran scored another power-play marker to send Colts fans home with smiles on their faces.
The game featured plenty of offense with Mountainview firing 58 shots at White while Airdrie took 52 at Colts' goalie Chance Griffith.
All three of the other HJHL semi-finals saw game threes last night with the Sylvan Lake Warnglers getting by the Rocky Rams 5 - 1 to take a 2 - 1 lead in that best-of-seven North series. In the South, the Cochrane Generals lost 4 - 3 to the Medicine Hat Cubs. It was the second straight overtime victory for the Cubs and gives them a 2 - 1 lead in the series. The Okotoks Carstar Bisons are on the verge of sweeping their series with the Strathmore Wheatland Kings. The Bisons are up three games to none after winning 5 - 1 last night.