One of the best sports commentary cliches (from football; soccer if you must) is to say it was “a game of two halves”. One where things turn around suddenly such that the final score is no reflection on the earlier performance on the pitch. This is how it went on the ice on Sunday at the Scott Seaman Sports Arena in Millarville, Alberta. A game of hockey so let’s do things in thirds:
First Period: The Calgary Girls Hockey Bantam Hawks comprehensively took over the play against the Okotoks Oilers, going 3-0 up after 20 minutes.
Second Period: Two more goals from the Hawks with one redeemed by the Oilers, making it 5-1 as the players left for the Zamboni to clean up the ice. Then came the flood…
Third Period: Four goals down but the Okotoks girls weren’t out. In a ten minute rush of restored confidence, they scored three goals, making it 5:4. With less than one minute remaining, the Oilers found a way to get another shot in the net to tie this exciting game, 5:5.
Never give up is not a sports, or life, cliche.