The Beardy’s Midget AAA Blackhawks showed a ton of fight and effort, but just fell short 3-2 in overtime against the Regina Pats Canadians on November 4.
The Blackhawks had home ice advantage at Willow Cree Memorial Sport Centre and it looked like Beardy’s was going to pull off the comeback win, when the home team was on 4-on-3 power-pay for 49 seconds to start the extra period.
“In that overtime, we did get a heck of a shot off (on the power-play) but we missed the net,” said Beardy’s coach Dale Grayston. “And then when they (Regina) had their chance they hit the net (and scored).”
Despite the loss, Grayston was impressed with the way the Blackhawks battled to the end.
“It was a good hockey game, we showed a lot of good stuff there. I thought the fact that the third period we were just going to keep battling right until the end, and they did. So that was an exciting part of it,” Grayston said.
Beardy’s was trailing 2-0 in the third period, but two consecutive goals from Holden Knights tied the game up. Knights’ second goal came on the power-play, with only 45 seconds left in regulation.
The Blackhawks trailed throughout majority of the contest and Beardy’s goaltender Tyler Peterson played a big part in keeping his team in the game, making 40 saves.
“He just really gave us a chance all night,” Grayston said. Tyler, he’s good as there is in our league right now. He just gives us a chance, and he kept us in it right until the end.”
Despite the loss, Grayston saw improvement from his team and he’s impressed with their effort.
“I really believe we’re as good as anybody in the league right now,” he said. “We’re on par with other teams in my mind and we could compete with anybody,” he said
The Blackhawks record so far is 6-5-3.