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SWOSSAAA Boys Hockey Semi-Finals
Northern vs Chatham Kent

photos and highlights by Kyle MacKinnon

March 4, 2009

After beating the previously undefeated LCCVI Lancers in the LSSAA boys hockey finals, the Northern Vikings took Chatham-Kent to the extra frame in the SWOSSAAA semi-finals yesterday.

Thanks to a goal by Ben Sokol the Vikings will advance to the SWOSSAA finals, with a 5-4 decision.

"I just followed my shot to the net and was able to bang it in," Sokol said after the game.

"(When the players jumped on me) It felt really good. Then it got really heavy."


Sokol fired a shot at CK starter Gavin Lane just past the 6:30 mark of overtime.  The Northern forwards shot hit Lane in the mask and fell to the ice. Sokol drove hard to the net an banged it in. Tyler Annett picked up the lone assists.
"He doesn't score the prettiest goals," Northern head coach Chris Edgar said of Sokol. "But he goes to the net hard and works every game."
The Vikings actually allowed the first goal of the game.

Cam Ross of CK scored early in the second period. Lucas Stanicope made it a two goal lead for the visitors with 2:37 left in the second. Dac Hiller got Northern on the board just seconds later with Zack Anderson and Ryan Dayman picking up the helpers. With just 21 seconds left in the second frame Cody Stout fired one home to tie the game. Annett and Steve Farlow picked up helpers.

Elliot Pecora put Northern up for the first time in the game late in the third. Allister Brown set Pecora up.
But undeterred, CK forward Aric Roy slid one under the pad of Chris Clark, who started in the Northern goal, sending the game to overtime.
Northern controlled play in overtime, firing shots from every angle.  The lone CK chance had in the extra frame was on a loose puck. Clark and a CK player met the puck at the same time.


The puck just bounced over Clark's stick but the CK player was unable to put it in the net.
"Your heart stops," Edgar said of the play.

"All you are thinking is don't go in. Just get the bounce."

And his team did get the bounce after Sokol managed to fire home the winner.


Northern will now play the Windsor representative next week in the SWOSSAA finals at the Clearwater Arena.
Date and time to be announced.