Braedon Saris scored 40 seconds into double overtime as the Burlington Blaze took a 10-9 win over the Coquitlam Adanacs in Game 1 of the Minto Cup Finals.
The Blaze will now have to finish off the best-of-three championship final Saturday night.
Burlington was actually trailing in this game 8-6 late in the third period until they got a pair of goals 2:11 apart to send the game into overtime.
Between the pipes, the Adanacs’ Jack Kask and the Blaze’s Deacon Knott went save-for-save. Burlington outshot Coquitlam 53-52.
Coquitlam Leads After One Period
The Adanacs got on the board first 1:26 into the game. Ben Coghill took a pass from Remo Schenato and rifled it by Knott.
Ben Trumble would tie up the game for Burlington with 15:52 on the clock. Robert Turpin would reply unassisted at 14:43 to give the Adanacs the lead back.
With 8:53 on the clock, Cody Malawsky scored a highlight reel goal. He flew through the air to put one past Knott as Coquitlam took a 3-1 lead.
Just over two minutes later Jaxson Dillon rounded out a three-goal run for Coquitlam.
Ty English would get one back for Burlington shorthanded on transition to make it 4-2 for Coquitlam after one period of play.
Back-And-Forth Battle In The Second
Burlington made it a one-goal game 2:30 into the second period on the power play. Owen Tasse sent a long outlet pass to English, who made no mistake to make it 4-3.
At the 13:47 mark, Austin Ducommen found the back of the net for Coquitlam to give the Adanacs a 5-3 lead.
Josh Rosa got on the board for the Blaze at 8:01 as Burlington continued to keep it close. However, Ryan Favaro put the Adanacs ahead 6-4 heading into the third period.
Blaze Send The Game Into Overtime
Chuck Rawson’s shot through traffic 2:22 into the third period got Burlington back within one. About one minute later Zack Thompson would tie up the game.
Malawsky scored a pair of goals for Coquitlam as the Adanacs went ahead 8-6 late in the third period.
However, Will McLeod took the game on his back. He scored with 4:20 left on the clock and then tied the game with 2:09 left to send it into overtime.
Saris Wins It In Double Overtime
Thompson opened the scoring in the first overtime period to give Burlington a one-goal advantage.
David Charney replied with 54 seconds on the clock to send the game into sudden-death double overtime.
It only took 40 seconds as Saris’ shot from just inside the restraining line beat Kask to end the game.
Zack Thompson, 2g 2a
Ty English, 2g 1a
Josh Rosa, 1g 2a
Braedon Saris, 1g 2a
Stuart Phillips, 4a
Cody Malawsky, 3g
David Charney, 1g 2a