Sr. Pontiacs finish home schedule with two wins


The Bonnyville Sr. Pontiacs picked up two wins in their back-to-back games against the Eckville Eagles.

In game one of the weekend, on Saturday, Jan. 7, the play was back and forth all the way through. In the first period the Eagles would find the scoreboard first at the 10:41 mark.

Five minutes later Bonnyville tied the game. Dakota Mason scored to end the first period with a tie.

In the second frame the teams traded goals once again. This time it would be the Sr. Pontiacs who took the lead, as Jonathan Kalinski made it 2-1 for the Sr. Pontiacs.

Eckville tied the score late into the period, bringing the game to 2-2 after 40 minutes.

Lucas Isley gave Bonnyville the lead again in the early stages of the third.

Moments after that the Eagle scored two quick goals to take a 4-3 lead.

The clock was winding down on Bonnyville to tie up the game. That was until there was just 1:59 remaining in the period when Devon Kalinski found the back of the net. It looked as though the game would go into overtime.

Just 30 seconds later the Eagles where back in front. It was 5-4 with just over one minute left on the clock.

The Pontiacs didn’t hang their heads after this goal. They got back to work and set up a play.

Michael Desjarlais took a shot and scored with just 13 seconds remaining. The game was heading to a five minute overtime.

The action was end-to-end in the overtime but with 51 seconds remaining Troy Dumais took a shot from the blue line and completed the comeback for Bonnyville.

“I never thought we would have the game we did with the lineup we had. The boys ended up pulling it off in the end. Coming from behind with 13 seconds left and than winning in overtime, you can’t beat that feeling,” said head coach Chad Millinthorpe.

In game two of the doubleheader the Pontiacs weren’t able to carry the momentum.

The Eckville Eagles scored the first two goals of the hockey game in the closing minutes of the first period.

In period two, Desjarlais was able to find the back of the net early. This closed the gap to just one goal. Just when the Pontiacs began to gain momentum the Eagles scored again to widen the gap to 3-1.

At the 16-minute mark of the period Desjarlais picked the puck on the boards and came in. Despite shooting the puck from a weird angle, he found the back of the net. Bonnyville now trailed by just one.

The Pontiacs, whose biggest enemy was penalty trouble, gave up a power play at the 18:02 mark of the period. This was the Eagles fifth power play opportunity of the game. The score was 4-2 after 40 minutes.

The third period started quick with a goal form Denis Cardin under a minute in. This cut the deficit to just one goal.

Bonnyville attacked without delay. At 4:35 Isley scored to tie the game, and just 14 seconds later Bonnyville took the lead. The Sr. Pontiacs held off the Eckville attack and won the game 5-4.

This was the Sr. Pontiacs last home game until the playoffs.


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