Red Deer, AB – Sixty minutes weren't enough to decide a winner between the RDC Kings and the visiting Briercrest College Clippers, and in double-overtime Kings' defenceman Tanner Butler solved Dan Dekoning for a 4-3 victory at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
At 6:45 of the first period, Briercrest College found the back of the net. Kings' goaltender Troy Trombley made the initial save but Cale Kindrachuk pounced on the rebound. Then with two minutes remaining, Russell Olson struck on the power play to provide the Clippers a 2-0 edge.
The Kings remained patient and climbed back into the game in the second. At 6:50, Chase Thudium had Dekoning moving to his left and fired a quick low shot on the blocker side to pull RDC within one. The Clippers' goaltender was sharp and made several sprawling saves but the King kept pressing. On the power play, Dylan Baer one-timed a slap shot past Dekoning to even the contest 2-2 at 14:42. About a minute later, Red Deer's Ross Heidt used his speed up the right wing and after his shot was stopped, Mike Statchuk capitalized on the rebound to provide the Kings their first lead of the afternoon (3-2). As the clock wound down, Briercrest College's Ryan Laird found space high on the short side to even the contest 3-3.
When neither goaltender could be beaten during the four-on-four overtime period the game headed to five minutes of three-on-three.
Twenty seconds into double-overtime, Tanner Butler sealed a 4-3 victory for the home team. The defenceman joined Scott Ferguson on a two-on-one opportunity and beat Dekoning on the backhand.
Mike Statchuk was selected as the Kings Player-of-the-Game, accumulating one goal and one assist. Dan Dekoning was outstanding in net and received the honour for the Clippers, turning aside 68 out of 72 shots (0.944).
Next, the RDC Kings (10-2-1-1) will play the NAIT Ooks (9-4-0-0) on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Edmonton. The Briercrest College Clippers (2-11-1-0) will face the MacEwan University Griffins (9-3-1-0) in Edmonton on Friday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m.