Finals - Game 2
Well folks - In case you haven't already heard - she's all over. Congratulations goes out to the Hawks who are the 2016-17 League Champions! They swept the finals series against the top seeded Omegas.
Since I dubbed Game 1 of this series as "a great playoff hockey game", then I would have to say that Game 2 should be considered as "a classic playoff hockey game".
The Omegas came flying out the gates in Game 2, and held a 2-0 lead after the first period on goals by Karsten Berg & Luke VanReenen.
Mid-way through the second period, Dave Vanoostveen scored for the Hawks to cut the lead in half. However, this thrill was short lived, because one minute later Luke VanReenen scored his second tally of the game to extend the Omegas' lead to 3-1.
The score stayed this way until the mid-point of the third period. That's when Calvin Pelleboer scored for the Hawks to make the score 3-2 in favour of the Omegas. Three minutes later, the Hawks completed the comeback with a beauty short-handed goal by Dave Vanoostveen.
At this point, the goalies put on a clinic. One "old-school" save by Kyle Scott (filling in as the Omegas' goalie) was probably one of the best big-moment saves that I've seen in a while.
Fittingly, this game went to a sudden-death 10 minute overtime, where each team had chances, but were not able to finish it off. This meant that we needed to solve the game in a best-of-five shoot-out.
The Hawks were the "home team" for this particular game, and they chose to shoot second in the shootout. Here is how the shoot-out transpired:
Round 1: The goaltenders stood tall and made saves on both teams' first shooters.
Round 2: The Omegas took the lead in the second round with a goal by Karsten Berg.
Round 3: The Hawks tied it up again with a goal by Derek Barneveld.
Round 4: Dan Feenstra scored for the Hawks to take a 2-1 lead in the shootout.
Round 5: Mike Ward made the save on the Omegas' fifth shooter to clinch the win, the series, and the Championship.
Like I said earlier - A CLASSIC!
I'll be back soon with some fun-facts, so stay tuned.