Facing a two-goal deficit late in the third period, the Thousand Islands Privateers dug down deep and responded with heroics, which turned the balance.
Peter Campbell scored three goals and assisted on two others, including the game-winner in the final minute of overtime as Thousand Islands rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Cape Cod Bluefins on Friday night in a Federal Hockey League game at Watertown Municipal Arena.
Playing well at home is important, Campbell said. Its still early in the season, but you always want to do well at home and I think were doing that. This is a big win for this team.
Defenseman Carter Trevisani scored twice, including the tying goal in the final minute of regulation for the Privateers (9-6), who have won four consecutive games at home.
Its great for us and a win like this is great for the town, Trevisani said. It looked a little ugly for us for a while but we decided to wake up. We lost a point tonight and I think we expected to get three tonight, but it was a fun ending. It was a big win for us, even though its early in the year.
With Privateers goalie Peter Dundovich pulled for an extra attacker, Trevisani took a pass from Brent Tamane and ripped a drive from the left point past Bluefins goalie Scott Barchard with 31.5 seconds remaining in regulation.
Then after Cape Cod killed off a power play in overtime, Tamane sent a pass to Campbell, who skated to his left and into the slot where he snapped a shot past Barchard with 19.4 seconds left in overtime.
Brent made a nice pass to me, said Campbell, and when you put it on net, good things happen.
The Bluefins, who suffered their seventh consecutive loss, built a 4-2 lead by scoring twice within a span of one minute, 17 seconds early in the third period.
Cape Cod is a hard-working team, Campbell said. So if you dont match their work ethic, its going to be a long night. We had plenty of shots, so we knew it was just a matter of time. We got some good penalty killing and a timely power-play goal to get us back in the game and we took it from there.
After Chris Campanale scored 3:21 into the period, Kevin McCready took advantage of a Privateers turnover by cruising in and beating Dundovich from the left faceoff circle at 4:38.
Campbell began the comeback for Thousand Islands as he scored a power-play goal at 18:05, which was set up by Tamane, who finished with four assists.
Despite the victory, Privateers coach Paul Kelly wasnt entirely satisfied as his team squandered the chance to earn a three-point win in regulation, but settled for two points from the overtime decision.
We came out flying and were all over them and I told them that we needed to keep that up, Kelly said. They converted on some turnovers (that) kind of deflated us ... but we responded later on and its good to come back at home like that. But it wasnt our strongest game and if we keep playing like that, were not going to be in many games.
Dundovich stopped 29 of 33 shots faced to earn his second win of the season.
The two teams exchanged a goal in each of the first two periods.
Trevisani opened the scoring for the Privateers by converting on a long-range shot from just inside the blue line 4:38 into the game.
After Tyler Howe lifted a shot over Dundovich at 12:54, Campbell provided Thousand Islands with a 2-1 lead by knocking in a Tamane rebound at 14:46 of the second period.
The Bluefins drew even just 18 seconds later on McCreadys power-play goal.
The Privateers play at the Williamsport Outlaws tonight at 7:05 and return to host the Danbury Whalers next Friday night at 7:35.