Coming into the game 8-22-4, the St. Charles Chill hosted the 16-9-6 Denver Cutthroats in hopes of inching one win closer to the double-digit wins mark. And for the longest time, it seemed like they would notch that ninth win.
The Chill started off extremely aggressive, something they have not done frequently this season, and it was a key factor to their early surges through the beginning of the game. With 16:07 in the 1st period, Chill forward Kyle OKane fired a shot past goalie Kent Patterson to give the Chill a 1-0 lead. By the start of the second period, it was all St. Charles, as Denver could not get any rhythm going.
At the 16:08 mark in the 2nd period, Chill captain Jordan Fox capitalized on poor Denver defense and was able to score a goal increasing the Chill’s lead 2-0. But near the end of the period Denver would strike back as Daniel Moriarty was able to cut the Chill’s lead to one. At the end of the 2nd period it was 2-1 Chill.
And that’s where it all fell apart.
Mere seconds into the 3rd period, the Cutthroats were able to tie the game on a chip shot past goalie Robert Moss. Only four minutes later, the Chill struck back on a goal by John Snowden. St. Charles did their best to maintain that lead, but once again, Denver was able to tie it with a Garrett Bembridge goal.
The third period ended in a 3-3 tie.
Fans began to get excited for what was going to be a good overtime.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last long, as only two and a half minutes into overtime, Aaron MacKenzie nailed a short shot right past Moss and won the game for Denver.
The Chill showed signs of improvement however, with a more aggressive offense and better defense than fans have seen from them in the past few weeks. St. Charles constantly controlled puck possession early in the game and forced Denver to make adjustments in the later periods of the game.
But despite all of that, it was another heartbreaking loss for the Chill as they once again blew a decent lead late into the game, dropping their record to 8-23-4.
Their next game is tomorrow night against Arizona (Photo Credit: Mick Lite)