Double-overtime heroics ‘awesome’

Matthew Scott made history in Stettler on Sunday.



Matthew Scott made history in Stettler on Sunday.

Scott’s double-overtime goal gave the Okotoks Oilers a 4-3 semifinal victory over the Whitecourt Wolverines in the provincial bantam A hockey championship.

Scott’s shorthanded goal at 14:49 of the second overtime period completed the Oilers’ comeback from a 3-0 deficit after 40 minutes.

“There was a turnover on the blue-line and I went down the left side,” said Scott, a 15-year-old assistant captain. “Five-hole was wide open.”

Scott couldn’t recall previously scoring an overtime goal in his minor hockey career. But he was the man of the hour as the Oilers pushed themselves into a date with the Stettler Storm, who went on to win the final 5-3 on Sunday afternoon.

“Awesome,” Scott said after his semifinal heroics, which came after 85 minutes of hockey. “We were just really tired. We wanted to finish it.”

The teams played 10 scoreless minutes in the first overtime period, before a break and a scheduled 20-minute period.

The Oilers had forced overtime when Adam Fyten scored with just 27 seconds left in regulation time and Okotoks goaltender Josh Ruigrok on the bench in favour of an extra attacker.

Scott picked up one of the assists on the tying goal as the Oilers tallied all three third-period markers.

“The coach came in and got us pumped up for the third period,” Scott said.

His teammates had a couple of words for Scott after the three-hour game.

“Nice goal.”