Jiffy Lube take down Year End Rec Hockey Tournament

In their surprise run to the finals, Jiffy Lube led 3-2 over Epscan as the clock wound down in the third period, with the tournament championship in sight with only 60 seconds left in regulation.

However, a key faceoff win by Epscan inside Jiffy Lubes’s zone led to an open shot on net, which the trailing team made no mistake on, sniping a shot high short side for the game-tying goal at 3-3.

As the clock bled dry, overtime was needed to solve the deadlock. A flurry of slap shots and scoring chances flooded the extra frame, but both goaltenders were up for the challenge, stopping everything that came their way and forcing the tournament to be decided in a shootout.

In the three man shootout, Jiffy Lube took a quick 1-0 lead, and following a second round where each team scored, the third and final shooter for Epscan was put in a must-score situation.

After a big save by the Jiffy Lube goalie, the team wearing purple flooded the ice, racing towards their goaltender in celebration after pulling off a shocking tournament victory.

Third place was determined through the consolation game between the Whalers and Blueberry, as the Whalers pulled off a third period comeback to secure third place.

The Whalers, wearing green, started the game off hot, going up 2-0, only to allow Blueberry to stage a second period comeback, scoring three unanswered goals to conclude the second up 3-2. In the final frame, the Whalers completed a comeback of their own, scoring the only two goals of the period, to emerge as winners courtesy of a 5-3 victory for third place in the tournament.

The end of the weekend long hockey tournament signified the conclusion of the 2012/2013 Fort St. John Rec Hockey season.