Early in the third period, it looked as though the Chilliwack Bruins would cruise to victory over the Prince George Cougars.
By the end of the night, all that was left of their multi-goal lead was a single point for an overtime loss. Parker Stanfield scored 43 seconds into overtime as the Cougars rallied to beat Chilliwack 5-4 in Western Hockey League action Saturday night.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the first period on goals from Jadon Potter and Randy McNaught. Potter extended that lead to three goals early in the third period with his second of the night, but Prince George (10-13-0-1) responded when Jeff Regier, Brett Connolly and Greg Fraser scored three goals in a five minute 30 second span to knot the game at 3-3.
Andy Smith gave Chilliwack (7-11-2-2) the lead again less than a minute later, but Dana Tyrell scored with five minutes remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime.
The Cougars are now 4-0 this season against their B.C. Division rivals. Three out of those four wins have required extra time, with two going to overtime and one requiring a shootout. The two teams will not meet again until Feb. 4 in Prince George.
Elsewhere in the WHL, it was: Calgary 6, Moose Jaw 1; Kelowna 5, Kamloops 0; Kootenay 5, Edmonton 0; Portland 4, Tri-City 3; Red Deer 6, Medicine Hat 5 (SO); Regina 2, Prince Albert 1; Saskatoon 2, Spokane 1; and Seattle 5, Brandon 4.
At Chilliwack, B.C., Colby Kulhanek and Justin Maylan had two assists each for the Cougars. Stanfield also had a pair of helpers.
Kevin Armstrong made 22 saves to earn the win for Prince George, while Chilliwack netminder Mark Friesen stopped 20 shots.
Hitmen 6, Warriors 1
At Moose Jaw, Sask., Brendan Rowinski's goal early in the second period stood as the game winner in Calgary's 6-1 rout of the Warriors.
The Hitmen (21-4-1-0) got goals from Rowinski, Ian Schultz, Carson McMillan, Paul Postma, Erik Bonsor and Bostjan Golicic.
Moose Jaw (6-14-0-1) opened the scoring with a goal from Ryley Grantham in the first period.
Rockets 5, Blazers 0
At Kamloops, B.C., Cody Almond scored a hat trick and Kris Lazaruk stopped all 16 shots he faced as Kelowna cruised to victory over the Blazers.
Jamie Benn and Lucas Bloodoff added goals for Kelowna (13-10-0-0), which snapped a three-game losing streak.
Jon Groenheyde made 34 saves for the Blazers (10-11-0-3).
Ice 5, Oil Kings 0
At Cranbrook, B.C., Dustin Sylvester scored twice and added an assist as the Ice blanked Edmonton.
Kevin King also had a pair of goals for Kootenay (11-9-2-3). Andrew Bailey scored the other goal.
Goaltender Cam Lanigan turned aside 40 shots in defeat for the Oil Kings (9-12-1-3).
Winter Hawks 4, Americans 3
At Portland, Ore., Killian Hutt had two goals and Colin Reddin had two assists to lead the Winter Hawks past Tri-City.
Chris Francis and Radim Valchar also scored for Portland (7-14-0-0).
The Americans (14-6-0-2) got power-play goals from Taylor Procyshen and Kruise Reddick. Lane Werbowski scored the other goal for Tri-City.
Rebels 6, Tigers 5 (SO)
At Red Deer, Alta., Brett Ferguson beat Medicine Hat netminder Ryan Holfeld through the pads in the third round of the shootout to give the Rebels the victory.
Landon Ferraro notched a pair of regulation-time goals for Red Deer (8-13-0-5), which got singles from Cass Mappin, Cullen Morin and Cody Gross.
Replying for Medicine Hat (12-7-2-3) were Travis Dunstall with two goals, Matt McCue, Tyler Ennis and Zdenek Okal.
Pats 2, Raiders 1
Prince Albert, Sask., Jordan Eberle scored his 17th goal of the season midway through the third period as Regina edged the Raiders.
Brett Leffler opened the scoring in the first period for Regina (14-8-1-3).
Justin Bernhardt had the lone marker for the Raiders (13-14-0-0).
Blades 2, Chiefs 1
At Saskatoon, Sask., Milan Kytnar scored the winning goal with under two minutes remaining as the Blades beat Spokane.
Stefan Elliot also scored for Saskatoon (16-6-1-0) and also assisted on Kytnar's winner.
Mitch Wahl opened the scoring for the Chiefs (14-5-0-3) two minutes and 20 seconds into the third period.
Thunderbirds 5, Wheat Kings 4
At Brandon, Man., Devon LeBlanc and Chris Cloud each scored a pair of goals as Seattle edged the Wheat Kings.
LeBlanc scored the game-winning goal with 4:42 left in the third period and also added an assist. Greg Scott rounded out the scoring for the Thunderbirds (9-11-1-2).
Andrew Clark scored two goals, with Jay Fehr and Scott Glennie adding single markers for Brandon (12-9-1-0).