THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO, February 7, 2020 (LSN) The Waterloo Warriors defeated the Lakehead Thunderwolves 4-3 in overtime, but it was the Lakehead squad that was celebrating.
Heading into Friday nights game, one point was Lakehead needed to clinch a playoff spot and the Thunderwolves were successful.
The Warriors were first on the board early in the first period thanks to Owen Burnell, who rang the puck off the goal post and into the back of the Thunderwolves net.
Lakehead’s Jordan King pounced on a rebound late in the first, taking advantage of a Thunderwolves power play to tie the game up.
After a mad scramble in front of the Waterloo net, Thunderwolves junior Daniel Del Paggio knocked the puck past the Warriors netminder, scoring the only second-period goal and giving Lakehead their only lead of the night.
The third period saw the Warriors retake the lead they had in the first thanks to goals from Jack Scanlan and Jacob Cascagnette.
With just over two minutes left to play, the Thunderwolves power play went to work and sophomore Josh Laframboise became the hero as he sent the game into overtime with his 17th goal of the season, ensuring the Thunderwolves would have a postseason for the first time since the 2017-18 season.
Markson Bechtold scored 57 seconds into overtime, ending the game and earning the win for Waterloo.
The Thunderwolves and Warriors will face off one more time on Saturday, Feb. 8th at Fort William Gardens for their final game of the OUA regular season.
Lakehead Thunderwolves Hockey
Colour By Forneri
An Intense playoff spot on the line for Lakehead Thunderwolves fans
Waterloo Warriors vs Lakehead Thunderwolves all hands on deck the biggest GAME DAY of the season! for the first of two matchups Friday and Saturday.
1st Lakehead Thunderwolves gave up a lone goal from Waterloo early in the 1st Lakehead Thunderwolves got a power play goal in the last few mins of the 1st and got some opportunities in the dying seconds of the 1st kept the pressure on Waterloo intense 1st
Lakehead Thunderwolves owned the 2nd and outplayed Waterloo a full consistency 2nd scoring the goal ahead goal making it 2 1
Waterloo goaltender made some amazing saves in the 2nd Both clubs playing with lots of passion for this important game a crazy 3rd.
Lakehead Thunderwolves team played with heart and passion and super character leading 2 1 giving up the lead Waterloo made things very interesting tying the game 2 2 than the last few mins Waterloo got a fluke goal to make it 3 2
Lakehead got a power-play goal late in the dying seconds sent the home side into a frenzy that was the tiebreaker to make it 3 3 overtime and playoff spot Waterloo’ look very upset after regulation
But scored in overtime on a power play 4 3 to win it fans of the Lakehead Thunderwolves very happy to be back in the postseason starting Wednesday night both clubs Waterloo and Lakehead will meet one more time Saturday evening at Fort William Gardens
Colour and photos by Don JR Forneri
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