Didsbury hockey fans will long be talking about the reverse sweep of 2019.
The Mountainview Colts were down three games to none to the Red Deer Vipers in their Heritage Junior Hockey League Northern Division semi-final before staging a remarkable turnaround to win the next four games and take the series in seven games.
But the miracles don't end there. In last night's (March 2) decisive game in Red Deer, the Vipers built up a 3 - 0 lead before the game was half over. The Colts battled back to tie it with three goals in the third to send it to overtime for the second straight game. Mitch Visser scored the series-winning goal in the extra frame to make the second game in a row that he's been the overtime hero. The final three wins by the Colts were by identical 5 - 4 scores.
The Colts now move on and will face the Airdrie Thunder in the Northern Final. Thunder Head Coach Derek Stamp gives Mountainview full marks for the shocking comeback.
"I know our coaching staff were out for a couple of the games in Didsbury and watching as fans, it was great to see them. They were working hard, they were pushing, it was nice to see them get some bounces. It's always incredible to see a team come back from down 3 - 0 and kind of do the reverse sweep."
The Thunder will be well rested for the Colts after sweeping their series with Blackfalds on February 24th. Stamp says they are in the process of confirming when the final will start but he believes it will be on Tuesday in Airdrie.
"Then the third game will be in Airdrie on Friday, so the second game will be Wednesday or Thursday this week so we'll be three games in by the end of this week."
The Southern Final will pit the Cochrane Generals against the Coaldale Copperheads who ended their series with the Medicine Hat Cubs last night with another thriller, winning 4 - 3 in overtime. No dates have been announced for the start of that series either.
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