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Lakers tie up series with overtime victory march 5th, 2011

The Wallaceburg Lakers evened up their series with the Wheatley Sharks, 1-1, after a 6-5 overtime victory on Saturday night.

The Sharks got out to the early start, as Jesse Martin scored shorthanded to give Wheatley a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the game. But before the period would be out, Brendon Merritt would tie the game with an unassisted goal for his 4th of the playoffs.

In the second period in looked as if Wheatley would run away with the game as penalty troubles severely hurt the Lakers. Kurtis Ouellette would score on the powerplay to put the Sharks up 2-1, and two minutes later with another powerplay opportunity, Shawn Quigley would make it 3-1. The Lakers would get a goal back as Norm Leger add his 1st of the playoffs, but the Sharks would again be blessed with powerplay chances, and Dylan Cosford would make them pay, scoring to make it 4-2. Just under a minute later, Josh Tremblay would score on the powerplay again to give the Sharks four powerplay goals in the period and a 5-2 lead after the second.

In the third, the Lakers would begin to mount a comeback. Tyler Lewis would get a powerplay goal two minutes into the period to cut the lead to 5-3. Tyson Isaac would make it 5-4 with his mid period goal. With time ticking away and the Lakers scrambling to score, Lewis would pop in his second of the game with one second remaining to tie the game at 5-5 and send it into overtime.

In overtime, Lewis capped off an amazing second half of the game, as he scored his hat-trick to give the Lakers the come from behind overtime victory 6-5, knotting the series up at 1-1.

Matt Berglund made 21 saves on 26 shots before he was pulled and Reid Rankin took over, stopping all 7 shots he faced and picking up the win. Marc Tremblay made 31 saves in the loss.

Game three will go March 7th in Wallaceburg.


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