This Ol’ Heart – How Much Can It Take ?

First it was 3 overtime periods in Brockville 10 days ago with the Braves pulling out the win over the Cornwall Colts.

Then on Thursday at the Lumley, the Colts scored with 1 second on the clock to tie the game and send it into overtime. This time it was the Colts who would notch the OT winner.

Then Friday those same Colts overcame a 2 goal deficit in the 3rd to take the quarter final series 4 games to 2.

Yesterday we made the 5 hour trek to London to catch game 2 of the OHL West Conference quarter finals between London Knights ( ranked # 3 in Canada) and the Saginaw Spirit. We left Brockville at 7 AM and made good time, it was clearing sailing on the 401, no snow storms nor blinding blizzards, for a change. Arrived in plenty of time to pick up our tickets Brandon had set aside for us and walk across the square to have a little pregame ritual; wings and a Shock Top! We were back at the Budweiser Gardens when they opened the doors to the public.

There was no surprise this time, we knew exactly how far upbudgard1 in the rarefied atmosphere of the Gardens we were sitting. Second row from the top, and this in a 10,000 seat arena, and it was sold out, as usual.

The past two morning skates/practices Brandon had been paired with Steven Strong so there was no surprise there.

The 10, 000 strong Knight fans rocked the “House of Green” as the Budweiser Centre has been dubbed for this year’s playoffs. Every seat had a Go Knights sign that folded into a noisemaker. And make noise they did. Often without  prompting but I noticed in my last trip to London, they used the Cheers video clip to get things rocking.

Saw many tweets after the game regarding the stellar work of tender Jake Paterson. These included things like;

  • Jake should have been 1st, 2nd and 3rd star
  • If Jake isn’t our World Junior goalie next year ….
  • It was all Jake

He did have a great game. A bit of professionalism here, these two tweets from Anthony Stolarz, the Knight’s goalie:

Much to my amazement, the Knights scoring the tying goal, when I thought the clock had run out. Upon examination and scrutiny by the officials they ruled it a goal, scored with .3 seconds left in the game. The place went wild, while our two rows were dumbfounded.

The winning goal came midway thru the second OT period. Steve was unable to get the puck out over the blueline and the Knights came in 2 on 1 on Brandon. He went down to block the shot but Broadhurst  got the puck over to Chris Tierney who beat Paterson cleanly. It was a madhouse while we sat in silence.

Looking back it was a great game.almost 90 minutes of topflight OHL hockey and there was 16 year old Brandon right in the middle of it. He did make one spectacular save when Jake was down and out of the net, he slid across the crease and blocked a shot on the open net.

The boys came out of the dressing room in what appeared good spirits (no pun intended) and ready for the bus ride back to Saginaw o regroup for Tuesday night’s game against a Knights team they now know they can skate with.

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