The ecstasy of overtime and the agony of same were felt tonight in two different leagues by two different connections to Alaska hockey.
On the delighted side, forward Ryan Cole of Anchorage racked the overtime game-winning strike for the Amarillo Bulls, who beat Bismark 2-1 in Frisco, Texas, in the second day of play for the NAHL's Robertson Cup. Assisting on Cole's power-play goal was Gage Christianson of Anchorage, who accounted for Amarillo's other goal with a power-play strike.
That's Amarillo's second 2-1 OT win in as many days, and if The Blog is doing his match correctly for the four-team tournament, Amarillo should be in Monday's final regardless of how it fares Sunday against the Wenatchee Wild on the final day of round-robin play.
As for the dejected side of OT, former Alaska Aces winger Matt Robinson no doubt felt it tonight when his Wichita Thunder surrendered a two-goal lead in the third period and lost 3-2 in OT to the Allen Americans in Game 7 of the Central Hockey League's Presidents' Cup.
Ugh. Tough one for Wichita, which last season lost to Fort Wayne in five games for the Presidents' Cup.