The cardiac health status of the A's fans were tested last night at the Jack as the 500 strong braved the heat of the old barn and for their efforts were treated to an incredible heart racing game of lacrosse in a 6-5 triple OT thriller.
After falling behind 4-2 in the first two frames of Game 2 of the semifinal series against the Burlington Chiefs, A's pushed on in a tightly contested, physical match knotting the game at 4 entering extra time.
The Chiefs scored early in the first overtime period and appeared to have the game all but won with only 5 seconds remaining in the extra frame. Coach Steve Toll called a timeout and hatched a plan to get the tying goal. Pulling Nick Damude for the extra attacker, the Boys in DoubleBlue executed the plan to perfection, capturing the game tying goal with less than a second remaining in the OT period.
Carter Zavitz took the ball from his own end, raced up the floor and fired a laser-like pass to the awaiting Jake McNabb. McNabb unleashed his lethal shot and found nothing but net creating an explosion of cheers from the A's faithful.
Another OT period was played under sudden death but neither team could find the solution of the two stingy netminders; A's Nick Damude and Chiefs Drew Hutchison
Burlington's Luke Pilcher finally scored the game winner in the third overtime period tying the series at 1.
A's Jake McNabb picked up another hat trick and now has league leading 17 goals in the post season.
Zavitz had 1 goal and 2 assists in the loss
Kealan Pilon picked up 3 points, all helpers. Pilon is now tied for most points (26) in the playoffs.
Nick Damude was stellar between the pipes stopping 53 of the 59 shots fired his way.
Although it was a loss, all fans agreed that this was one of the most exciting games of the year and are already looking forward to Game 4 back home on Wednesday night for a 8:00pm start at the Jack. Come out and experience playoff lacrosse at it finest! #PackTheJack
Game 3 goes tonight in Burlington with a 8:00pm start at Central arena,
Let's Go A's!!. GO down the road and bring back the win!