With 2 minutes, 24 seconds remaining in regulation Orchard View boomed a shot in, tying Fruitport at 2-2 and ending a lead the Trojans had maintained for a majority of the second half.
Fruitport didn’t panic, though. They had been there before, having already won three overtime games this season.
The Trojans scored two goals within two minutes of each other in overtime, holding on for a 4-2 victory
With the win Fruitport will now play Spring Lake at home on Tuesday, for the Lakes Eight postseason tournament championship.
After winning its fourth overtime contest of the year, coach Greg Kobylak dubbed his team “The Cardiac Kids.”
“We just get going, our nerves don’t seem to come in overtime,” said Noah Hendricks, who scored twice for the Trojans, including once in overtime. “We get adrenaline, and we just go.”
Hendricks scored the Trojans’ first goal in regulation on a floating shot that initially appeared to be a pass. The score tied the game at one.
The two squads remained locked in a defensive battle for the rest of the half, heading into the break still tied.
Zach Gilson changed that quickly, kicking one in with 39:17 remaining to put Fruitport up 2-1.
The Trojans controlled a large portion of the second half, putting several shots on the net between the 13 to 7-minute mark.
But none of those shots were able to find the net, and as the minutes dwindled down, the Cardinals had the ball deep in Trojan territory, and Orchard View buried one in the back of the net, tying the contest at two.
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