This one was a steal!
The Manning Comets rallied twice from three-goal deficits to win 5-4 in overtime in High Prairie Saturday night, sending the Regals to their 14th straight loss.
Chev Wilson’s second goal of the night only 22 seconds into overtime gave the Comets the win, which evened their season record at 7-7-0-0.
Kyle Olansky, Brandon McNabb and Hector Lamouche gave HP a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old.
However, Josh Rutherford scored before the end of the period to close the gap to 3-1.
After a scoreless second period, Mitch Price scored on a breakaway at 3:08 into the third period to make it 4-1.
But queue the Comets’ comeback.
Wilson’s first of the night started the rally. Adam Larsen closed the gap to 4-3 with 9:21 left, and just less than one minute later Payton Proskurniak tied it with an unassisted goal.
Each team was awarded a power play in the last four minutes but no one scored and the game went into overtime.
Both goaltenders were outstanding. Braden Gamble recorded the win making 38 saves on 42 shots while Matt MacMinn made 39 saves on 44 shots.
MAN’s win was their second this season when trailing after two periods this season. All other tams in the NPHL have one second period comeback combined. NPHL teams when trailing after two periods this season are a combined 3-40.
Comets 5 at Regals 4 (OT)
Sat., Dec. 22
1. HP, Kyle Olansky 1 (Mikal Chalifoux – Van De Ligt) 2:23
2. HP, Brandon McNabb 2 (Lawrence Anderson) 9:36
3. HP, Hector Lamouche 4 (Chris LeGresley, Mitch Price) 9:54
4. MAN, Josh Rutherford 12 (unassisted) 12:35
Penalties: Dalton Ducharme MAN and Austin Mood-Flagg HP (roughing) 8:59.
Penalty: Kyle Olansky HP (boarding) 5:31.
5. HP, Mitch Price 3 (Chris LeGresley) 3:08
6. MAN, Chev Wilson 1 (Matt Boyd, Adam Larsen) 4:33
7. MAN, Adam Larsen 3 (Chev Wilson, Tyler Dillman) 10:39
8. MAN, Payton Proskurniak 2 (unassisted) 11:30
Penalties: Chris LeGresley HP (tripping) 8:12, Kirk Ruecker HP (boarding) 16:16, MAN bench minor (too many men, served by Adam Larsen) 18:03.
9. MAN, Chev Wilson 2 (Josh Rutherford) 00:22
Shots on goal:
Manning 18 13 12 1 -44
High Prairie 19 14 8 1 -42
Goaltenders: Comets, Braden Gamble; Regals, Matt MacMinn.
Power Plays: MAN 0-3; HP 0-1.
Penalties in Minutes: MAN 4; HP 8.