Blackfalds Wranglers took the fans on an emotional roller coaster Sunday afternoon.
In the decisive game in round one of the Heritage Junior B Hockey League playoffs against the Stettler Lighting, the Wranglers came out on top with a 5-4 double overtime win.
Down 4-0 nothing with just over five minutes left in the game with fans ready to accept defeat, forward Ryan Chambers finally gave them something to cheer about.
Chambers scored to make it 4-1 starting the miraculous comeback.
“It was a really good game. Down 4-0 like that and to comeback, it was just awesome,” said Chambers.
If starting the comeback wasn’t enough for Chambers, he decided it was time for the game to end and scored what might just be the biggest goal of his young playing career.
“I seen the five-hole open all the way, so I was like ‘I’m going there,” Chambers said with a big smile on his face.
Head Coach Sean Neumeier said his team has been resilient all year and although he wasn’t exactly expecting the comeback, he was far from surprised.
“Those guys are unreal,” said Neumeier.
“I’ve never seen that in my life. They never cease to amaze me those guys and they don’t give up. I’m pretty impressed.”
Wranglers had over 60 shots and if it wasn’t for an epic performance from Lightning goalie Jordan McCallum, it may have been a blowout and Neumeier was eager to give the kid some praise.
“He was tough to beat tonight and we just had to wait it out I guess. He had to be getting tired, 60 is a lot of shots,” said Neumeier.
McCallum was the last person to blame for the loss and Chambers said with the way the entire Lightning squad competed all series, everybody should hold their head up high.
“They’re a hard-working team and by far the hardest working team that we’ve played against. It was a tough series and pumped that we came out of it,” said Chambers.
Austin Wilson, Brenden Davidson and Landon Siegle also scored for the Wranglers.
Wranglers will face the Mountainview Colts in a best-of-seven series in the North Division Semi-Final.
The series will begin on Wednesday in Didsbury. Game time is 8 p.m.