Evans’ Late Game Heroics Help Push Peterborough Past Victoria In OT, Tie Series At One

Photo Credit: Dave Fryer                                                                                                                                    

The Peterborough Lakers have tied the Mann Cup series at 1 after securing a 12-10 win in overtime. It was three straight goals from Shawn Evans for Peterborough late in the third that tied things at 9, forced overtime, and gave the Lakers a wealth of energy heading into that overtime period. 

Shawn Evans led Peterborough with eight points (3G/5A) while Holden Cattoni, Kyle Buchanan, and Cory Vitarelli each had three points (1G/2A) as well. In net, Mike Poulin made 40 saves off of 50 shots.

Victoria was led by Tyson Gibson who tallied six points (2G/4A) while Connor Robinson and Casey Jackson each tallied four points (2G/2A) as well. Peter Dubenski made 62 saves off of 74 shots.

In the first, Mark Matthews got the scoring started for Peterborough early on. Victoria answered finally answered about midway through the game with a two straight power play goals from Connor Robinson and Tyson Gibson. Each team found the back of the net once more in the first, making it a 3-2 Victoria lead heading into the first intermission. 

With Thomas Hoggarth and Tyson Gibson getting things started for Peterborough and Victoria just minutes apart, the second period was back-and-forth the entire way. Both teams traded goals the entire period, even through multiple penalties midway through that saw Victoria score shorthanded twice and Peterborough score on a power play. Casey Jackson scored late in the second to give Victoria a 6-5 edge heading into the third. 

Josh Currier tied things up at 6 for Peterborough just over a minute into the third, and Victoria answered in a bit way. The Shamrocks went off on a three-goal run in four minutes, pushing their lead out to three. However, Shawn Evans stepped up late in the third for Peterborough and score three straight to tie things up and force overtime. 

Peterborough took all that energy into the overtime period and scored three more in a row to secure the win. Kiel Matisz, Corey Small, and Joe Resetaritis all scored for Peterborough in the overtime period. Graeme Hossack scored the last goal of the game for Victoria, but any though of a comeback had already died. 

Sunday will be an off day and play will resume on Monday with game three of the best of seven series. 

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