By Alex Gallacher
Despite a late game charge from Haliburton County, the visiting Caledon Admirals stunned the hometown Huskies 4-3 after a thrilling overtime period. In a Tuesday night (Feb. 15) bout at the S.G Nesbitt Memorial Arena, the Huskies threw everything they could at the Admirals. In the end, a goal from Ethan Tierman sealed the deal giving Caledon their seventh win of the season.
After the first period went scoreless, the Huskies cemented themselves as the dominant squad, with its puck possession and scoring chances. Despite leading the Admirals in shots, the defense in front of visiting goaltender Diego D’Alessandro kept quality shots to a minimum.
The Admirals struck first in the second period, when Daniil Kononov managed to beat Christian Linton glove side at the 4:13 mark. The Huskies mounted an all-out assault, but nothing came of it except for a few loud reminders of fruitless scoring chances, as players hit both the crossbar and post a few times. At the 13:44 mark Ethan Finalson set up Blake Boudreau for a one-timer, the shot fooled Linton doubling the Admirals lead to 2-0. The final Caledon goal of the stanza, came a few second later. Dawson Doner beat Linton on a lucky shot which the Huskies goalie, leaving the home team frustrated.
Simon Rose got one back for the Huskies before the period ended. A shot from the point found its way in through traffic, Rose’s third as a member of the Huskies. The teams headed back to the locker room with Caledon up by two, 3-1.
The third period was all Haliburton County. At 6:05, Peyton Schaly took the puck down the wing in a great individual effort. Cutting across the crease, he beat D’Alessandro to put the Huskies within one. Thirty seconds later, Christian Stevens made his case for goal of the year.
Back in the fall, Huskies’ teammateOliver Tarr pulled off the Michigan in a game against North York. This time, it was Stevens’ turn to pull of the visually captivating goal. Taking the puck behind the Caledon goal, Stevens pulled off a very clean Michigan goal to tie the game up 3-3 and send it to over time.
During the overtime period, the Admirals had two good scoring chances. The first chance was shut down by Linton, whereas the second chance was buried by Tierman to give the Admirals the victory.
It left the partisan crowd in Minden stunned and amazed. For the Admirals, it was pure elation as this team has pulled off similar upsets to both the Lindsay Muskies and St. Michael’s Buzzers this season as well.
The Huskies departed for a two-game road trip in the Bay of Quinte, where they will face the Wellington Dukes and the Trenton Golden Hawks. The Haliburton County Huskies will return to the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena on Saturday, Feb. 19 for a rematch against the Wellington Dukes. Puck drop will be at 7:30 p.m.