Wranglers complete epic comeback in Heritage Junior B playoffs

The Blackfalds Wranglers refused to go silently into the night Sunday

The Blackfalds Wranglers refused to go silently into the night Sunday during the Heritage Junior B Hockey League playoffs.

Down 4-0 with 5:08 to play in the final game of their best-of-three series against the Stettler Lightning, Blackfalds suddenly found hope.

Ryan Chambers scored to make it 4-1, Brenden Davidson added a goal 23 seconds later and 39 seconds after that Landon Siegle made in 4-3 on the power play.

Austin Wilson tied the game for Blackfalds with under three minutes remaining.

Wranglers’ forward Chambers was the overtime hero, completing the 5-4 comeback at 7:39 of the extra frame.

The Wranglers fired 61 shots on Stettler goalie Jordan McCallum. Lane Brann made 25 saves in the victory for Blackfalds.

The win advanced Blackfalds to the second round where they will faceoff against the Mountainview Colts in a best-of-seven North Division semi-final.

The Red Deer Vipers are also onto the second round and will face the Airdrie Thunder on Tuesday in the first of their best-of-seven series.

The Vipers won game two of the series in dominant fashion 6-1 Friday night against the Ponoka Stampeders. Kale Lapointe had a hat trick for the Vipers and Spencer Yeats, Declan Johnson and Logan Linnell each added a goal.

Branden Bilodeau made 33 saves in the win.


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