Edmonton Wins CMISL Championship
The Edmonton Drillers continued their string of positive results over Calgary United in the CMISL with a 7-6 overtime victory on Sunday in Calgary. The victory was the 5th in as many games, and earned the Drillers a trip to Stockton for the North American finals next weekend.
Calgary got on the board first when Felix Napuri nodded home a ball that bounced high off the back wall, but Edmonton responded 2 minutes later when Phil Pavicic capitalized on a turnover in the Calgary end. Calgary took the lead again when Fran Miron drilled a ball to the low right hand corner, but Pavicic tied it up for the second time on a breakaway set up from a long throw from Tristan Ilko in the Edmonton goal.
In the second quarter Mike Ortega's toe poke from distance eluded everyone, including Ilko, and Napuri doubled the lead a couple of minutes later, but Sean Fraser pulled one back 26 seconds after that. The rest of the half played out fairly even, but Calgary outshot Edmonton slightly going into the break and would regret not capitalizing on a few more of their chances.
Edmonton turned the game in their favor early in the second half when Fraser scored 31 seconds in off another Calgary turnover, and Angelo Sestito's power play marker with 2:21 gone gave them a lead they would never relinquish. United tied it at 5 with just 3:06 to go in the fourth quarter when Andre Duberry put a rocket into the top corner, but Edmonton took advantage of some soft marking to take the lead again with under 2 minutes to play.
Calgary went to the 6th attacker right away, and forced the game into overtime when Nic Reyes beat Ilko from a sharp angle, but Sam Lam jumped on a sloppy clearance 5 minutes into overtime and put the ball over Bryan Klaus' left shoulder for the victory.
Fran Miron's second 3 point game in as many days earned him man of the match for Calgary, and Tristan Ilko was the difference once again for Edmonton in this latest battle of Alberta. All five games on the season were decided by just one goal.
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