Laliberte scores OT winner for Colts in crucial Game 4

Laliberte scores OT winner for Colts in crucial Game 4
Colts captain Jacob Laliberte scored the overtime winner on Tuesday night to give Cornwall a 4-3 win over Kanata. With the win, the Colts now hold a 3-1 series lead.

Cornwall - Mar. 15, 2011 - Jacob Laliberte has been the hero for the Colts on many nights this season, and he was the hero yet again on Tuesday night in Kanata.

The Colts captain scored the overtime winner to give Cornwall a 4-3 win over Kanata in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series.

With the win, the Colts now hold a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, and they'll have a chance to close out the series on Thursday night at home (7:30 p.m.).

Along with Laliberte's overtime heroics, Tyson Spink also had a big offensive game for the Colts, scoring two goals in the second period to give Cornwall a 2-1 lead heading into the final frame. Ryan Donnelly connected for the Stallions in the middle frame.

Michael Rowbotham made it 3-1 for the Colts roughly midway through the third period, however Kanata didn't throw in the towel.

In what is surely a hockey rarity, the Stallions scored not one, but two goals in the final minute of the game with the extra man on the ice to tie the game and force overtime. Amazingly, the tying goal came at the 19:59 mark of the third period. Carl Ouimet and Donnelly came up with the last-minute heroics for the Stallions.

The Stallions' amazing comeback was cut short at the 12:41 mark of overtime when Laliberte scored the winner.

Unlike the heated atmosphere that surrounded Game 3 of the series, Tuesday's encounter seemed much more subdued, with just six minor penalties being called the entire game.

Pete Karvouniaris made 43 saves for the Colts in the crease, while Travis Wilkins stopped 36 shots for the Stallions in the losing effort.

Wilkins was forced into the Stallions' crease during Game 3 on Sunday night after Kanata's starting goalie, Scott Shackell, was struck by Colts forward Mark Borkowski in the opening minute of the game. The incident has generated headlines in the media, and Cornwall police are looking into the matter. Borkowski was suspended for Game 4, along with three other Colts and Stallions players who were ejected from Game 3.

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