WALLACEBURG - Lyndsi Hull blacked out before delivering the knockout.
Her breakaway goal with 12.7 seconds left in overtime gave the Lambton Central Lancers a 2-1 win over the Wallaceburg Tartans in the LKSSAA 'A-AA' girls' hockey final Thursday at Wallaceburg Memorial Arena.
“It was scary, it really was,” Hull said. “Honestly, I blacked out in the last five seconds of that skate. And when I came back to, it was in the net and I was skating back towards the bench … and everyone was coming at me.”
She remembers little about the winning goal.
“I just had to get the goalie moving, that's all I know,” Hull said. “Somehow it poked through.”
The Tartans had the two-time defending champions on their heels for much of the third period and overtime, but they couldn't get the go-ahead goal past netminder Riley Blancher.
“It was definitely scary,” Blancher said. “We didn't know what was going to happen because it could have gone either way. It was a hope-for-the-best scenario.”
The Tartans returned to the league this season after a two-year absence. They're a young team with only one Grade 12 player.
They battled pre-game jitters.
“Really intense,” Tartans defenceman Kaitlyn Vancoillie said about the game. “At the beginning, everyone was nervous. We had butterflies in our stomachs. Then once we started, the blood started flowing.”
The Tartans wanted to give a better showing than in their previous game against the Lancers, a 4-0 loss in mid-January.
“They outplayed us majorly last game,” said Vancoillie, the lone Tartan in Grade 12, “but since this was an important game, we stepped up and we showed how we really play.”
That regular-season loss may have helped the Tartans on Thursday. The Lancers weren't ready for what they faced in the rematch.
“Since we beat them the last game we played, we underestimated them,” Hull said. “And they definitely brought it to us today.”
Kylie Turnbull of the Vikings opened the scoring two minutes into the first period.
Kaitlyn Isaac replied with the tying goal 13 seconds into the second period.
“It was an eye-opener for us,” Hull said. “We really hard to start working hard again.”
Isaac, a Grade 11 defenceman, has already committed to Cornell University. The Lancers knew they had to keep their eyes on her.
“I was told to watch out for No. 7 (Isaac) because she has a really good shot,” said Blancher, who also praised the Tartans' other offensive weapons.
Tartans goalie Kylie Shaw matched Blancher save for save through regulation.
Lambton Central will host LaSalle Sandwich in the SWOSSAA final next week.