Photos: Chris Dawson
RENFREW, Ont. – A Will Soloway goal with 66 seconds left in overtime was the difference as the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) edged the Powassan Voodoos 4-3 Sunday afternoon in semifinal action at the Valley Cottage Cup in Renfrew.
Carleton Place also started the day’s scoring four and a half minutes into the proceedings on a Matteo Disipio marker as he beat Powassan starter Daniel Dirracolo.
Answering back with an equalizer in the final minute of the session, Carson Ricci slammed in his second goal of the weekend as his effort at 19:36 sent the squads to the intermission tied at one.
Taking the lead in the middle session, Thomas Sefton of the Voodoos finished off a Ryan Eckliff assist.
After Christian Berini brought the Canadians even midway through the session, Ricci provided another late effort to put the NOJHL club up 3-2 after 40 minutes.
Back and forth they went in the third and saw Jonathan Swyer of Carleton Place pull his team even with 8:07 to go in regulation.
Having a glorious chance to win it in the final moments, Powassan’s Cameron Lemcke went in alone on a clear-cut breakaway, only to be foiled by netminder Jackson Pundyk.
Heading to OT skating three aside, both teams had quality chances to collect the victory and the Canadians finally did as Solloway drove hard to net down the left side and took a crisp cross-crease feed and chipped the decider over a sprawling Dirracolo to end it.
The triumph sends CPC to the title game Sunday night versus fellow CCHL side and tournament host Renfrew Wolves.
The Voodoos will now return home to gear up for the 2022-23 NOJHL regular season opener Thursday, when they travel to Greater Sudbury to take on the Cubs in a 7:05 p.m. start at Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex, and on HockeyTV.com.