Tyrus White Cow scored three minutes into overtime Friday to send Fort Macleod Mavericks to the second round of the Central Alberta Tier 5 Midget Hockey League playoffs.
White Cow’s goal capped a thrilling comeback as the Mavericks edged visiting Okotoks Oilers 4-3 to win their best-of-three series 2-1.
The Oilers won the first game of the series 5-4 in Fort Macleod, but the Mavericks rallied to win the next game 5-1 in Okotoks, setting up Friday’s showdown.
The teams battled through a scoreless first period as Mavericks goalie Sly No Chief and his Okotoks counterpart each made some big saves.
Okotoks jumped out in front with a pair of goals just 41 seconds apart before the second period was two minutes old.
White Cow cut the Oilers lead in half nine minutes later, with Wilfred North Peigan Jr. assisting.
The teams went into the dressing room with the Oilers leading 2-1.
The Mavericks stormed out of the dressing room and tied the game just three minutes into the third period on a goal by North Peigan, assisted by Eric Maskowitz.
The Oilers silenced the home crowd two minutes later with a goal that put them up 3-2.
The Mavericks battled hard and gradually took control, attacking the Oilers net time and again.
The pressure paid off with 1:35 to play.
White Cow made a big play along the left boards to keep the puck in the Okotoks end, North Peigan Jr. pounced on the loose puck and fed Hunter Curran, who made no mistake.
Just under three minutes into the overtime period White Cow picked up a loose puck and powered his way to the goal before tucking the puck under the Oilers goalie to complete the Mavericks comeback.
The Mavericks opponent in the next round had not been determined by press time.