COLWOOD, B.C. – Tomba Huddlestan scored 1:07 into double overtime to lift the Westshore Wolves to a 4-3 win over the Victoria Cougars in Game 7 on Saturday night.
With the win, Westshore now advances to the next round against the VIJHL’s top ranked Campbell River Storm.
Huddlestan lugged the puck into the Cougars zone where he blew past Jaden McNulty before wiring a wrist shot over the glove of Nate Reinhart to end a hard-fought seven game series.
It was the second goal of the postseason for Huddlestan who is one of seven overage players in the Westshore lineup.
Victoria had a glorious opportunity in the first overtime when Cameron Coutre was penalized for goaltender interference.
The game was scoreless through 20 minutes before the Cougars took a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Wolves and former Storm defenseman Trevor Bottomley opened the scoring at 1:29 of the middle frame when his wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle twinkled the twine.
At 6:36, Shane Kime tied the game by beating Jordan Spandli glove side during an odd-man rush.
Victoria took the lead on a goal from Foster Martin at 9:41.
Mateo Albinati found Darwin Lakoduk at 16:32 with a backdoor pass to extend the Cougars lead to two goals.
But shortly thereafter, Nicholas Polomark pulled Westshore to within striking distance after banging in his own rebound at 18:24.
It looked as though the Victoria lead would hold up but Ty Madden came through with 7:34 remaining in regulation to tie the game.
From the inner hash marks of the left faceoff circle, Madden sent the hometown fans at The Q Centre into a frenzy after his howitzer found nothing but net.
In double overtime, Huddlestan took matters into his own hands by scoring the game winner.
Spandli made 30 saves. Reinhart stopped 32 shots.
The Wolves went 1-for-4 on the power play; meanwhile, Victoria finished 2-for-4.
The game was delayed for half an hour after a pane of glass at the penalty box shattered in the second period. Clark Pickup was the culprit as he came in contact with the glass after missing McNulty with a body check.
Westshore had two wins, one loss, and one tie against the Storm during the regular season.
Game 1 goes Tuesday night in Campbell River.
For Shane Kime, Liam Kinshella, Patrick Ostermann, Akila Sato-Gaudreau, and Kyle Wade; their junior careers have come to an end.