By Alex Gallacher
The Haliburton County Huskies picked up their fourth straight loss on Friday night at the S.G Nesbitt Memorial Arena. Following a late game goal from Oliver Tarr with 0.1 seconds left, the Dukes ended the game early in overtime.
The first period saw Christian Cicigoi put to work, with three big saves in the first few minutes.
The Huskies put immense pressure on the Dukes, but it would be Wellington breaking the deadlock at 16:51. Ethan Esposito buried a rebound from Ethan Quick to put the Dukes ahead 1-0. Less than a minute later, Jacob Vreugdenhill beat Cicigoi to double the Dukes lead. The Huskies’
Lucas Stevenson got one back for the boys in blue, beating a red hot Ethan Morrow to cut the lead in half.
An uneventful second period saw Patrick Saini rip one off the post but as the clock expired the teams headed back to the locker room still at 2-1.
The third period saw no penalties but a Huskies barrage at the Wellington goalie. In the dying seconds, the Huskies had one more faceoff and two seconds left to make something happen.
Tarr answered the call in the only way the Huskies leading goal scorer knows, hitting the back of the net in clutch fashion.
Two seconds is a lot of time in the hockey world, and as the clock hit 0.1, Tarr buried a rebound from Peyton Schaly to secure at least one point for the hometown Huskies. The
Wellington bench was up in arms, protesting the clock had expired first. However, the referees had none of it and declared it a good goal sending the game to OT for the third time in four games.
The Dukes got the last laugh however at the 1:34 mark, Emmett Pierce converted a turnover up over the shoulder of Cicigoi handing the Huskies their fourth straight loss and third in overtime.
The emotions were hot in the Huskies locker room, as the loss slid them back even further from the first place Trenton Golden Hawks.
The Huskies returned home on Feb. 21 for a Family Day meeting with the Lindsay Muskies (see story above).