The Stony Plain Eagles took the show on the road last Friday, November 25th without many of their regular players, but that wasn’t going to be an excuse. For the 3rd time this season, it was an all Eagles matchup and again it was a battle from the time the puck dropped, to the time that the OT goal was scored.
Stony was led by five star performances from winger Chad Hohmann (4 point night) which included the overtime game winning goal. Not to be outdone by Hohmann, Travis Yonkman put on a goaltending clinic as he made a staggering 54 saves this night. Although those two stood out, it was a whole team effort, as Stony was forced to call upon a total of 5 affiliated players for this game and was still only able to field a team of 14 skaters.
The first period was dominated by Innisfail as they were able to take a 2 goal lead just over 6 minutes into the game and the Eagles were on their heels. Finally Stony was able to get on the board as Colten Hayes blasted a one-timer on the powerplay 13 minutes into the 3rd period, and just 49 seconds later Hohmann registered his first goal of the game, as he converted on a fortunate break to tie the game at 2. Just as it looked we would be finishing the first knotted at two, Innisfail capitalized on a missed defensive assignment with just 1:18 left in the period to take a 3-2 lead. Yonkman faced 25 shots in the first and was only beaten three times, this one could have quickly slipped away quickly but he was more than up to the task.
As the 2nd period started, Innisfail hit the ground running and extended their lead to 4-2 just 1:16 into the period. The Eagles began to take the period over and it was very evident as they were able to carry the play for the majority of the period. Finally Daulton Siwak (AP) was rewarded as he found a loose puck and slammed it home, this marked his first point in a Stony Plain Eagles uniform and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Stony found themselves trailing just 4-3 at the end of the period and were able to outshoot Innisfail in the 2nd period by a count of 13 to 9.
Heading into the third, the Eagles found themselves in a familiar yet comfortable spot down just one goal with 20 minutes showing on the clock. It was a very rope a dope period that had the Eagles with a ‘bend but don’t break’ type of attitude as they were outshot 20-8 in the final period. Yet, despite all of the adversity facing them they were able to claw their way back and capitalized on a jam play in front of the Innisfail netminder with 7 minutes showing on the clock. Affiliated player David Lawrence added his first goal and point as an Eagle as he put home the tying goal. At the end of three periods the shot clock showed a huge margin in favor of Innisfail by a count of 54-28, but yet we were still getting some free hockey.
4-on-4 overtime proved to be a thriller with oddman rushes left and right, the goalies were the stars. Branden Kosolofsky was fed a beautiful stretch pass that he was unable to convert on as the Innisfail netminder Dan Dunn made a huge save on him. Innisfail had their chances as well, but Yonks was more than up to the task. Finally with 1:51 left in the 1st overtime, Chad Hohmann found a loose rolling puck and was able to put it up and over Dunn. Siwak collected his 3rd point of the game on the goal, and the bench erupted!
Character. Gutsy. Persistent. However you wanted to paint this one, it was a HUGE two points for the good guys and a win that may prove to be extremely important come the end of the season.