BURLINGTON–Two minutes into overtime, Ryan Paul cut through the slot and fired a high back-hander in the glove side of the net to complete the Falcons comeback and give North Country a 5-4 win over Colchester to move their record to 5-0 on the season.
"We are very excited with the win, and to be 5-0 on the season," said head coach Andrew Roy.
The boys had to battle all game long against the Lakers, and were down 2-0 after one period of play.
With 7:59 left in the second, Logan Fortier popped in his first goal of the night to cut the lead to 2-1. Ben Pecue had the assist on the score.
Colchester restored the two goal advantage, but a minute after the Laker tally, Ross DeLaBruere cut the lead back down to one, on a goal assisted by Fortier and Paul.
Sensing the momentum swinging in their direction, the Falcons came out flying in the third, out-shooting Colchester 19-4 in the frame.
Two minutes in, Fortier banged home his second of the night with Paul and Quentin Nelson setting up the play.
But Colchester was not going to go down without a fight, and they went ahead 4-3, testing the Falcons will and determination.
North Country aced the test, and did so in dramatic fashion.
With 5:24 remaining, the boys were awarded a power-play, and coach Roy promptly took a time out.
Assistant coach Ryan Jacobs drew up a play, and it could not have worked out any better.
Here is what he drew up:
Win the face-off back to the defense, get in front of the net and create some havoc for the goaltender.
Here is what happened:
Paul won the face-off, Logan stepped into the high slot and fired off a shot, which the goalie stopped, and Ross put away the rebound to tie the game.
Said Roy, "It was perfectly executed. The timing was right on and they pulled it off exactly as we had described it on the bench."
Off they went to overtime, where Paul's heroics made for a pleasant, albeit long, bus ride back to the Kingdom.
Logan led the way with five points (2g, 3a), Ryan had four (1g, 3a) and Ross had three (2g, 1a).
The trio has been responsible for roughly 70 percent of the Falcons scoring this year, and their play hasn't been lost on Roy.
"They are all talented kids and we are very fortunate to have them playing so well for us this season."
Captain Adam Viens also had another strong performance, alternating from defense to offense, often double shifting to help take the burden off of North Country's three man defensive rotation.
Chris Bronson had twenty saves in the win.
North Country remains the only undefeated team in the Metro Conference, while the loss drops Colchester to 3-1-2.
The Falcons are currently tied for first place with CVU with 14 index points, while the Lakers have 13.
Next up is a quarter-final rematch with South Burlington on Saturday in Jay at 6:00.
As for the girl's team, who was in Woodstock, three players scored their first career varsity goals and Taylor Morley had a goal and three assists, as North Country defeated the winless Woodstock Wasps (0-5) 9-0 on Wednesday evening.
"I like how the team bonded throughout this game," said coach Claude Paul. "The girls were cheering for each other and the win really brought them together."
Bayla Stewart, Cassidy Webster and Emily Doty all notched their first career varsity goals, and Morley assisted on Stewart's and Webster's.
"Taylor had the right spirit in this game. She was very unselfish and was looking to find her teammates all game long," said Paul of his assistant captain's efforts.
Whitney Bernier had a hat-trick in the win, which hopefully gets here back to last year's scoring pace, and Crystal Moss and Savannah Alberghini Giroux each scored once.
Brianna Bocelli and Mikaella Doran combined to earn the NCU shut-out.
Now standing at 4-2, the team will travel down to Stowe on Saturday for a matinee match with the Raiders at 12:15.