The North Bay Battalion used a strong and balanced attack to outlast an excellent effort from Givani Smith and the Guelph Storm, 4-3 in overtime at the Memorial Gardens on Thursday night.
After a scoreless first period, both teams broke out on the power play the rest of the way.
Zach Poirier (8th) pounced on one with the extra man, to open the scoring at 4:12, then Smith (17th) scored his first of the game, finishing a slick passing play with help from James MacEwan and C.J. Garcia (also on the power play).
It was tied at one after one.
Mathew Santos (15th) started the third, re-directing home a smooth feed from Mike Amadio (on the PP) just 1:31 in, to make it 2-1 Battalion. At the midway point of the period Luke Burghardt (11th) tied the game with an unassisted marker, rushing through the middle from his own blue line, wrapping around the net and tucking it past Jake Smith at the far-side post. Guelph would go in front for the first time on Smith’s (18th) second of the game, also on the power play, about six minutes later.
It was nervous moments from then on, with tensions eventually easing for the home fans.
Cam Dineen made the Gardens erupt, forcing overtime with less than a minute to go, then Amadio capped off a three-point-night by flying up the left wing side and ripping an overtime-winning wrist shot high, past the glove of the southpaw Michael Giugovaz.
North Bay try for three wins in a row tomorrow in Hamilton, while Guelph try to avoid a third straight loss in the Soo tomorrow, before finishing the northern road trip on Sunday in Sudbury.