Midgets eliminated in OT heartbreaker

Ennismore advances to OMHA finals
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By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks were 32.9 seconds away from playing for a provincial championship.

The Ennismore midgets celebrate the overtime winning goal in Game 6 Tuesday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

 

But a late tying goal, followed by an overtime winner sends Ennismore to the OMHA midget B finals and ends Kincardine’s season.

Ennismore had won 48 consecutive games coming into the semi-final series against Kincardine. But the Kinucks shocked the Eagles in Games 2 and 3. Kincardine had three chances to wrap up this series - but Game 4 finished in a 1-1 draw and Ennismore took Game 5 at home 2-0, which forced Tuesday night’s Game 6.

Things looked promising for the midgets. A near capacity crowd at the Davidson Centre was just settling into their seats when Rhys Vollmer scored from Skylar Rutledge to give Kincardine an early lead. Ennismore tied the game in the opening minute of the second period, but Rutledge and Vollmer connected again late in the second to give the Kinucks a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.

Ennismore tied the game early in the third period while on a man advantage. Call-up Riley Cherrett buried a loose puck in the slot just minutes later. It looked like Kincardine was going to hang on for the win, but with 32 seconds left and the Ennismore net empty, a loose puck found its way past Ethan Primeau to force overtime.

Primeau made two huge saves early in overtime before Ennismore’s Spencer Mallory had the puck land on his stick and made no mistake in finding the back of the net, sparking a wild celebration while the Kinucks could only watch.

Ennismore will now play Petrolia for an OMHA midget B championship. Petrolia eliminated Ingersoll in the other semi-final series.

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