Back from the dead: Midgets stage comeback

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Dead and buried. That’s what most people were thinking when the Slave Lake Midget 1 Thunder fell behind 4 – 1 to Barrhead in the second game of their best of three playoff series on Friday.

“We thought we were done,” says an unnamed source close to the team.

But not so fast. In hockey, anything can happen, and sometimes it does. The Thunder kept fighting, tied the game at five with about four minutes left in the third and then…..

With 1.7 seconds left on the clock, Kyle Campbell rushed down the left wing and let a wrist shot go from about the top of the faceoff circle. It went in.

Boom! Back in it, with the deciding game in Slave Lake on March 7.

Head coach Richard Chemago says in 19 years of coaching, this game will rank as one of the most memorable.

“My heart has never been so nervous and happy for such a great group of young men,” he says.

Barrhead led 2 – 1 after one period and had pushed that to 4 – 1 a few minutes into the second. Then Ethan Wedmid scored the first of three straight for the Thunder and things started looking up. Barrhead got an early one in the third and kept that one-goal lead until 5:07, when a long-ish Jacob Hartman shot found its way past the Barrhead keeper. Then the Campbell miracle goal just before the buzzer.

Saturday’s decider is at 4:30 p.m. We’re expecting the building to be full, and very noisy.

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