The New Westminster Salmonbellies would win in double OT 11-10 over the Langley Thunder on Sunday night to take a 2-1 series lead in the WLA finals.
Trailing heading into the third period, the Salmonbellies were able to take a 9-8 lead late in the game. However, heroics from Dane Dobbie with two seconds left on the clock would send the game into overtime.
After exchanging goals in the overtime period, it was Keegan Bal who scored for New Westminster 1:57 into the second overtime period to give the Salmonbellies the win.
New Westminster will now look to take a stronghold on the series when it shifts back to Langley on Tuesday night.
Thunder Take The Lead After One Period of Play
New Westminster got on the board first just under five minutes into the game with a marker from Haiden Dickson.
Langley replied right back with a three-goal run with goals from Clay Scanlan, Dobbie, and Robert Church.
Bal got New Westminster back within one on the power play with 6:03 left on the clock. Ninety seconds later, Will Malcom tied the game 3-3 with a shorty.
Dobbie scored on the power play with 2:07 left as Langley regained the lead. After calling a timeout with the last possession, Chase Scanlan scored a buzzer-beater with the extra attacker as the Thunder led 5-3 at the first break.
Langley Holds On To Slim Lead
The Thunder got off to a quick start in the second period. Curtis Dickson and Dobbie each found the back of the yet to put Langley up 7-3.
After going scoreless for nearly 20 minutes, Haiden Dickson finally got New Westminster back on the board with about 5:03 left on the clock.
Dylan Kinnear put Langley back up by four with 3:10 left in the second. However, Haiden Dickson put away a pair of goals for New Westminster as the Salmonbellies trailed 8-6 heading into the third.
Dobbie Sends It To Overtime
New Westminster fought back early in the third period. Bal scored a pair of goals 13 seconds apart to tie up the game.
Rookie Noah Armitage broke the stalemate at 14:21 taking a feed from Will Malcom and burying it past Langley goaltender Frank Scigliano.
Coming out of a timeout, Langley’s defense pressured Mitch Jones causing a loose ball with seconds left on the clock. A long-distance pass was sent down the floor to Dobbie who tied the game with two seconds left to send it into overtime 9-9.
Bal Seals The Win In Double OT
Langley got on the board first, 3:22 into the first overtime period. Connor Robinson scored on the power play to put the Thunder ahead 10-9.
At the 6:13 mark, Kevin Crowley squared things up 10-10 to send the game into a sudden death second overtime period.
Langley won the opening draw in the second overtime. A turnover gave New Westminster the ball and they took it down the floor. Bal with a low-to-high shot 1:57 into the period gave New Westminster the double OT win 11-10.
- Haiden Dickson, New Westminster Salmonbellies
- Curtis Dickson, Langley Thunder
- Zach Higgins, New Westminster Salmonbellies
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Keegan Bal, 4g 2a
Mitch Jones, 5a
Kevin Crowley, 1g 3a
Haiden Dickson, 4g
Curtis Dickson, 1g 6a
Dane Dobbie, 4g 3a
Connor Robinson, 1g 4a