By Peter Kung
(ISN) – Abbotsford’s Garrett Lynum scored at the 3:17 mark of the second overtime to give the Pilots a 3-2 comeback win over the Victoria Cougars in the Cyclone Taylor Cup final Sunday.
The Victoria Cougars were a whisker away from hoisting the 2012 Cyclone Taylor Cup.
Instead, Victoria has to settle for second place.
Playing in front of a near capacity crowd at MSA Arena on Sunday afternoon, Abbotsford orchestrated an incredible comeback which saw the Pilots steal a 3-2 victory.
The winning goal came off the stick of Garett Lynum whose wrist shot from the left point at the 3:17 mark of double overtime sailed through a maze of players, past goaltender Evan Roch, and into the top corner of the net.
After the goal, Lynum was mobbed by his teammates.
Abbotsford tied the game at 2-2 with only 70 seconds remaining in regulation. Pilots’ head coach Jim Cowden pulled netminder Riley Parker for an extra attacker and five seconds later, Matthew Genovese rifled a point shot which bounced off a few bodies along the way before entering the net.
With the win, Abbotsford will now represent British Columbia at the Keystone Cup from April 19-22 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
After playing to a scoreless opening period, The Cougars opened the scoring at 6:18 of the middle frame when Chris Bannister scored from Brody Coulter and Colin Minardi. For Bannister, that was his tournament best sixth goal.
But just over four minutes later, Riley Lamb swatted an Adam Rossi rebound past Roch to tie the game.
Then at 18:19, Travis Grewal was sent to the penalty box after hooking Bannister to the ice.
Victoria made good on its only powerplay of the afternoon when Coulter beat Parker with a howitzer from the point before the end of the period.
The score remained 2-1 in favour of the Cougars until Genovese’s unassisted goal.
Shots were even at 31 apiece.
Sunday’s game took three hours and four minutes to complete.
For the six graduating Victoria players – Steve Axford, Chris Bannister, Colin Minardi, Jake Nixon, Connor Stephens, and Josh Wyatt, Sunday’s game was their last hurrah.
The Cougars would like to thank the Abbotsford Pilots for their tremendous hospitality during this past weekend and wish them the best of luck at the Keystone Cup.
TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:
Brett Kolins (Abbostford)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Mark Walton (Victoria)
Garett Lynum (Abbotsford)