Hopefully, the sudden death quarter-final showdowns Monday evening at the Carmichael Arena have set the tone for the 2019 SDSSAA Boys Hockey playoff journey.
If so, fans are in for one heck of a treat.
The Lo-Ellen Park Knights and Bishop Carter Gators were tied at 1-1, late in the third period, when Rowan Mullin Santone looked to settle matters, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead with just 3:58 to play.
That, however, was only the beginning of the fun.
With Lo-Ellen assessed a late penalty, the Gators pulled their goalie to create a six on four power play, moving the puck around nicely to set-up Jadon Marmen for a one-timer with only seconds showing on the clock.
Netminder Josh Hayes of the Knights read it perfectly, zipping across the cross and making a game-saving stop. Unfortunately, he continued his slide, dislodging the net, causing a penalty shot to be awarded to Bishop Carter.
With exactly 3.6 seconds remaining, Marmen would force overtime, making no mistake on his penalty shot attempt. The euphoria on the Bishop bench would be somewhat short-lived. With 1:07 expired in three on three overtime hockey, captain Parker Anderson let loose with a bullet that fooled Dylan Fedorowicz, propelling the Knights to a semi-final match-up with the Horizon Aigles.
In the early game, Christian Gaudreau netted the hat trick, leading the Confederation Chargers past the St. Benedict Bears 5-3. Danny Perreault opened the scoring for the winners, while Colton Blay sealed the deal with an empty net goal with just over a minute to play.
Cole Crowder scored twice in a losing cause for St. Benedict, with Lukas Gigliotti adding a solo marker as the Chargers move on to meet the St. Charles College Cardinals, beginning Thursday night at the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex.
In Division II action, the Lasalle Lancers and Lively Hawks are meeting in a tie-breaker game, the winner moving on to face the first place Espanola Spartans, while the Manitoulin Mustangs and Lockerby Vikings tangle in the remaining affair.