The Grande Prairie Storm broke a ten game losing streak and climbed back into playoff position in the Viterra AJHL North Division with a 4-3 victory over the Lloydminster Bobcats at the Civic Centre Saturday night.
Tied 3-3 in the third period, Storm forward Dolan Bjornon buried a rebound to put the visitors ahead for good, while goaltender Arik Weersink turned aside all 14 Bobcats offerings in the final frame.
Bobcats forward Zach Webb got the home team on the board in the first period when he put home his seventh power play goal of the year and his 15th goal overall. Assists on the play went to Chasetan Braid and Daniel Hilsendager.
In the second, the Storm were able to break Austin McGrath's shutout streak at an impressive 179:19, the second longest shutout streak in Bobcats history behind Chase Martin in 2011-12, who had a streak of 181:45. It was Michael Clarke scoring his 26th goal of the season from the faceoff dot to tie the game at 1-1.
Moments later, the Storm made it 2-1 on a goal from Parker Smyth, with the assist to Clarke.
Lloydminster answered quickly when Daniel Hilsendager lugged the puck up the ice and beat Weersink for his fifth goal of the year on an unassisted backhand shot to make it 2-2.
The action continued in the period as Grande Prairie answered right back on a goal from Connor Blake, but the Bobcats drew even in the final minute on a shorthanded goal from Matthew Jones, with the assist to Wilson Northey.
The Bobcats now trail by the Storm by one point for the final playoff spot in the North Division with five games to go and one game in hand on Grande Prairie, and get back on the ice on Monday afternoon with a Family Day matinee at 2:30 in Whitecourt.
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