Thunder upsets Clinton in overtime

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Coming off a big 2-1 overtime win over WOAA league-leading Clinton Radars last weekend, the Tillsonburg Thunder are looking forward to hosting the Milverton 4-Wheel Drives Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinsmen Memorial Arena.

With four games left in the WOAA senior men’s hockey regular season, the Thunder (9-9-0) are battling for playoff position. Six teams are still within reach – Shelburne (11-7-0), Petrolia (10-7-2), Mapleton-Minto (9-7-3), Tavistock (10-5-1), Huron East (9-9-1) and Elora (9-9-1) – as they head down the stretch.

After Saturday’s game against Milverton (1-15), Tillsonburg will see Petrolia (Friday, Jan. 18, 8:30 p.m.) and Shelburne (Saturday, Jan. 26, 7:30) at home, and visit Mapleton-Minto in Palmerston Saturday, Jan. 19.

Tillsonburg kicked off the month of December with back-to-back wins over Elora – a 6-0 shellacking – and Huron East (5-4) – but as they moved into the holiday season, December was not kind to the Thunder. Tavistock won a pair of one-goal victories, and Ripley (16-2-1), who are running just behind Clinton second overall, and Mapleton-Minto won in convincing fashion, leading up to last Saturday’s thrilling overtime victory.

Clinton’s Sean Consitt opened the scoring 6:13 into the second period, but Langton/Brantford minor hockey grad Michael Rebry equalized six minutes later, assisted by Justin Lightfoot and Langton’s Zach VanLouwe.

After a scoreless third period, the game was decided in overtime when Braden Roberts scored at 0:31 of the extra period, assisted by Matt Laberge.

Tillsonburg was 0-1 on the power play, while Clinton was 0-2 with the man advantage.

Saturday’s loss snapped a 16-game winning streak for the Radars. During that span of consecutive victories, which goes back to the 2018-19 season opening weekend when Tavistock upended Clinton 5-1, the Radars outscored their opponents 145-45. Clinton had not scored less than five goals in any game going back to Nov. 2, and on six occasions reached double digits including 19-4, 15-2, 15-0 wins.