RED DEER - Team Alberta came up just short of a second-straight comeback on Friday, falling 5-4 to BC in overtime to wrap up round-robin play at the WHL Cup.
BC opened the scoring just three minutes into the game, but Brock Souch evened things up just five minutes later with his second of the tournament.
After two more BC goals in the first period, and another in the second, Alberta once again found itself heading into the third period faceing a big deficit.
Alberta took advantage of a trio of BC penalties in the third, as Zane Saab’s fourth goal in three games cut the lead to two, before Keith McInnis scored his second goal in as many games minutes later to make it a 4-3 game. Then with just over four minutes left in the game, Saab scored yet again on the power play to tie things up and force overtime.
Despite Alberta’s furious comeback, BC managed to preserve the win, as Oliver Josephson scored with 1:24 left in the extra frame.
In his second straight start, netminder Christian Francis stopped 23 of 28 shots he faced, while McInnis earned Player of the Game honours for Alberta.
With the overtime loss, Alberta (2-0-1) wrapped up round-robin play in second place, while BC (3-0-0) took first. Alberta will face the Manitoba (1-2-0) in the second semi-final matchup on Saturday afternoon, which will go at 3pm at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic.