Hockey players may not mind playing overtime games too often — the thrill of every rush down the ice in anticipation of scoring the game-winning goal.
Double overtime? Ummm, not so much.
The Puget Sound Tomahawks, the Junior A NORPAC League team that plays at the Bremerton Ice Center, had a taste of that against the Southern Oregon Spartans on Thursday. Unfortunately, it was Southern Oregon that came out on top with a 3-2 win in the extra periods.
Here’s the rundown.
Puget Sound led 1-0 after the first period — Dustin Pierce scored off a feed from Christofer Videto — despite getting outshot 23-3 by the Spartans. That’s great netminding right there by Tomahawks goalie Seth Kollman.
The Spartans tied the game in the second on a Casey Skolnik goal. Pierce put Puget Sound back in the lead on a powerplay goal at 4:16 of the third. Keiffer Comstock had the assist.
Southern Oregon tied the game again, 2-2, on a Vance Bridgman goal midway through the third and neither team capitalized until the second overtime.
That’s when the Spartans’ Keith Saito scored with 44 seconds left to send Puget Sound to its ninth straight loss.
Pierce leads the team in points and scoring with 3 goals and 3 assists for 6 points.
Kollman has been improving by leaps and bounds the last few games he’s started in net. The rookie netminder is constantly peppered with shots — 62 total from Southern Oregon — and takes the brunt of a young team learning to play at the Junior A level. But when I spoke with Tomahawks coach Jason Quinn last week, he said he’s been working with Kollman on his game and is seeing his goalie getting better. Quinn worked with the WHL’s Portland and Vancouver teams as a goaltender coach.
Puget Sound will be back on the ice at 7:30 tonight when it hosts River City.