The third period was a total turnaround as the Thunder went on a successful offensive. Austin Whelan made the first Thunder goal of the game, assisted by Carter Gudmundson. With 11:26 on the clock Thunder Tucker Gietz scored with Cole Tkachuk assisting. Through the whole game the goalies were getting a real workout, as each teams goalie was stopping shot after shot. The Chinooks were seeing their lead erode and were not able to get past the Thunder defense. With 1:42 on the clock the Thunder again roared as Cole Wemp scored unassisted, now 4-3 Chinooks, eradicating the two point lead needed by the Chinooks to move on in playdowns. Pressure on, both teams were sharp on the ice, each giving no quarter until the buzzer rang, sending them into a ten minute overtime to determine the playdown winner.
Both goalies were hammered at and showed their mettle. It took until 2:15 left on the overtime clock before Chinooks Caleb Evans slipped one past the Thunder goalie, assisted by Cade Ames and Logan Deley. The hometown crowd was enthusiastic in their approval.
Evans had good words for both of the goalies, Chinooks' Coltyn Kipling and Thunder's Cooper Snider. "Coltyn made some saves when we needed them, and he (Snider) was the same for them. He came up big when they needed him, especially in the overtime. We had a few chances when it could have ended early, and he stood on his head. That's how we are with them, it's usually pretty back and forth, and there's barely any whistles, and it's pretty clean, and fast moving. I'm proud of our team. Winning in overtime takes a lot of heart, they left it all on the ice. They played their best, when they needed to. They worked hard to earn making it to the next round." Next the Chinooks travel to Kalispell, Montana for a tournament on the weekend, then to Magrath the following weekend , followed by a league game against the Crowsnest Pass on that Sunday, February 7.
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