After building a 4-1 second period lead in their decisive NCHL first-round elimination Game 5, the AA Lacombe Generals were left with nothing but heartbreak after the Daysland Northstars stormed back to tie the game and eventually win it 5-4 on goal by Kenny Bradley with just 17 seconds left.
The loss knocked the AA Generals out of the NCHL playoffs and ended their season. The loss comes after a spirited 7-1 win on home ice on Saturday night that kept the Gens’ in the series.
Chance Abbott opened the scoring in the first period for the Gens, but the Northstars had the answer when Mitchell Gartner took a pass from Landon Oslanski to tie the game.
The Generals appeared to run away with the game in the second, extending the lead to 4-1 on goals from Abbott, Kyle Maas and Scott Doucet but the Northstars came roaring back.
Dillan McCombie, Brad Trautman and Bradley would all score to tie the game before the end of the third period and Bradley’s decisive goal with 17 seconds left would end the series.
Connor Dobberthien stopped 19 shots to pick up the win, while Gens’ netminder MacKenzie Engel picked up 21 saves in the loss.
The Northstars move on to take on the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, while the Generals will go home and begin their off-season more premature than they expected.
More to come…