Men’s Hockey: Comeback Kids
The Stingers win 4-3 over the Golden Hawks after a dreadful start
Down 3-0 after the first period, it looked like the Stingers were done and out of the game. After the next 40 minutes, the Stingers were anything but that, completing the comeback and winning the game 4-3 versus the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
Only 6 minutes into the match, Concordia had given up 3 goals. Stingers head coach Marc-Andre Element called a timeout to get his team back on track, but they failed to score any goals in the first period.
“I was not too happy about the period but we made some adjustments and I told them that we just need to work,” said Element. “We worked hard in the second period and this is why we came with the result, 6-3 for us.”
“It wasn’t a big screaming scene,” said Stingers forward Philippe Hudon about Element is the first intermission. “[Element] knew we realized what we had just done in the first period so he just didn’ want to splash in our face,”
However in the second period, the team started buzzing, scoring goal after goal, and eventually took the lead heading into the third.
It all started when Dany Potvin scored his first of the game. Then later Alexandros Soumakis got the team within one goal. Soon after the second goal, Phillipe Hudon then added another goal to tie the game up.
“The second period really played to Concordia’s strength,” said Golden Hawks head coach Greg Puhalski. “More of a free flowing [game of rushes] and that’s the kind of game they can excel at. We can’t.”
The home crowd at Ed Meagher then exploded when Dany Potvin scored a powerplay goal and his second of the game.
“Our work ethic showed today, we got down early for no reason,” said Potvin. “We battled back.”
In the third period, Stingers goaltender, Robin Billingham who took over the net in the second period for Miguel Sullivan, made some key saves which kept the lead and led to the eventual win.
Stingers captain Olivier Hinse and Stingers forward Jessyko Bernard scored back-to-back goals to win the game 6-3.
“The credit [goes to] the players. They showed a lot of character,” Element said.
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