Ben Lavoie scored with 5:05 left in overtime to lift the Sioux Lookout Warriors to a 3-2 win over the Muskie boys’ hockey team in the third-and-deciding game of their NorWOSSA final yesterday afternoon at the Ice For Kids Arena.
The Warriors now advance to OFSAA for the second-straight year, which is slated for March 19-21 in Kincardine.
Matthew Binguis opened the scoring for the Warriors early in the first period when his wrist shot from the point bounced off a Muskie defender and in past Darian Klem.
The Muskies drew even on a man advantage in the second when Jake Barker redirected Connor Nelson’s shot past Warriors’ goalie Jaden Marshall.
But the visitors forged ahead later in the period when Damon Angees kept the puck on a 2-on-0 and sniped a shot off the crossbar and in over Klem with 3:55 to go.
The Muskies had some great chances to tie it as time was winding down in the frame but couldn’t get one past Marshall.
But continuing to battle, Sheldon Kelly finally drew the Muskies level again with 15:47 to go in the third to force overtime.
Shortly after a face-off win in the Muskies’ zone in the extra frame, Lavoie snapped the winner over Klem’s pad to send the visitors–and their fans–into a frenzy as the Warriors claimed the NorWOSSA crown yet again.
The Muskies had gone into the third-and-deciding game fresh off a 5-1 loss in Game 2 on Friday night in Sioux Lookout.
Lavoie scored twice to help the hosts even the series and force yesterday’s deciding game back here.
Cameron Bailey opened the scoring for the Warriors 3:57 into the first period in that one after he snuck a shot past Klem.
Barker and Carson Noga then broke out on a 2-on-1 chance, with Barker then collecting the rebound of his own shot and firing it past Marshall to knot it at 1-1 after 20 minutes.
But the Muskies’ good fortune ran out from there.
Lavoie netted his first of the night before Cortez also bulged the twine as the hosts carried a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Angees then tallied 2:17 into the third before Lavoie also lit the lamp just over two minutes later to cap the scoring.