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Bulls Fall In Another OT Thriller

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Shawn Matthias
If the first two days of the Memorial Cup tournament are any indication of the whole tournament, then the teams and fans are in for a lot of gut wrenching moments.

For the second straight day, a team held a 3-0 lead. And for the second straight day a team fought it’s way back. This time they lost 5-4 in overtime.


This time the Spokane Chiefs held a 3-0 lead over the Belleville Bulls in each team’s first game of the tournament. Despite the Bulls valiant comeback effort, the Chiefs earned the victory when Levko Koper scored 4:46 into the first overtime.

Spokane jumped out to the 3-0 lead after a period of play. They scored twice in a 2:20 span as Drayson Bowman got them on the board 9:52 into the first and Mitch Wahl scored 12:12 in. Bowman would add his second with 2:55 left in the opening frame.

Belleville would tie it up after two periods of play thanks to three straight of their own. Bryan Cameron scored their first of the game 2:27 into the period. Panthers prospect Shawn Matthias made the score 3-2 with a power play goal with 5:04 remaining. It was his second straight game playoff game. Cory Tanaka then knotted the score with 56 seconds remaining.

The Bulls would actually take the lead thanks to another Tanaka goal 7:35 into the third period of play, but Bowman finished off the hat trick to tie the score with 2:56 left in regulation.

Heading into overtime, the Bulls were heavily outshot through the first three periods of play, 50-25. And even though they would turn the tide and outshoot the Chiefs 7-4 into the extra session, it didn’t matter as Koper’s shot beat Mike Murphy for the winner.

Spokane takes on Kitchener on Sunday while Belleville battles Gatineau on Monday.

Matthias finished with the goal and a -1.

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