From the time OCS opened on a 6-2 run, J-E was trying to catch up. By going on its own 6-3 push through the third period, the Eagles did tie it, 12-12, and played on even terms through a tense final period.
Going into overtime, J-E nearly won it, only to see Tigers goalie Peter Taaffe make a point-blank stop. Moments later, Mark Mayer, off a feed from Anthony Heer, beat Noland Michaels for the game-winner.
Gale Thorpe still had six goals on J-E's side, with Mo Town scoring four times. Tyler Richardson managed three goals and two assists, with Derrick Cheney earning the other goal. Zach Stevenson earned two assists. Colin Sorber (five goals) and Gary Bova (two goals, four assists) led OCS's push.
On Thursday, J-E hosted Tully. Again, it was close, again the Eagles had a chance - and again it lost by a single goal, this time 12-11 in regulation.
Unlike the OCS game, though, J-E led most of the way, going up 4-2 after one period and nursing that slim margin over the game's middle stages. The Black Knights caught up, 9-9, by the end of the third quarter and outscored the Eagles 2-1 in that final frame.
Here, Gale Thorpe led both sides with five goals and one assist as his brother, Matt Thorpe, also had a goal. Town scored twice, adding an assist, with Stevenson managing a goal and two assists. Richardson and Aurie Schwarting both had one goal and one assist.