Matt Hendershot – Sports Editor
The Glenelg Marriotts Ridge rivalry added another action packed game, this time on the ice. Marriotts Ridge and Glenelg took center stage on February 7th at the Columbia Ice Rink. Marriotts Ridge took home the cup in overtime 2-1.
Marriotts Ridge has already beaten the Gladiators twice this season but this game was neck and neck the entire way. After the first period the two teams were scoreless.
In the middle of the second period Glenelg struck first after a shot was rebounded into the back of the net. Marriotts Ridge looked stunned and went into a 10 min intermission down a goal. Things were not looking good for the Mustangs and the fans were losing hope.
The final period began and it seemed that nothing had changed, Glenelg was dominating the game and was slowly running out the clock. Marriotts Ridge began to pull their goalie with 2 minutes remaining as desperation time was kicking in. With 30 seconds to go Glenelg was ready to celebrate back to back Serio Cups, but not so fast. Two penalties gave the Mustangs a 5 on 3 advantage and with the goalie pulled, it was 6 on 3. The Mustangs had hope and knew this was their chance to capitalize, and they did just that. Sophomore Ben Watson put the puck in the back of the net with 12 seconds to go and the Marriotts Ridge student section erupted. After the goal a Glenelg player was ejected and left their team down 2 men going into overtime.
With new life in the Mustangs and a two man advantage, Marriotts Ridge knew they had to win it here. The Mustangs momentum carried over to overtime and they struck the winning goal in front of the Mustang faithful. Ben Watson, the player who scored the game tying goal also scored the goal to win it all.
This game was action packed and filled with excitement from start to finish. The Mustangs lost this game last year to Glenelg and were not going to let it slip away again. The Cup returned home to the Mustangs and they did it in the most dramatic fashion possible.