The Knights made Remembrance Day 2021 a Knight to remember by winning their second game of the season in dramatic come from behind fashion! Remarkable play by Goaltender DJ Cash who showed nerves of steel and stared down multiple flurries of shots throughout the game gave the Kids from Whalley a chance to win and they delivered.
Up 1 zip through the first period on a spectacular Tip in by Brandon Melsness on a Maddox Caie shot, things looked good for the Knights. However, the Knights played the try not to lose game method in the second and found themselves down 2 to 1 on two goals from Austin Moar after 2 periods. If it wasn’t for Cash they could have been more down.
In the third period the kids let Hunter Brown score a beauty in the slot and all hope seemed lost as it was 3 – 1 Abbotsford. Coach Liboiron was pulling all the strings at this point to get his players to take it up a knotch. Once again Melsness delivered on a pass from Stanley and Uyeyama…bringing it to 3-2. Then halfway through the 3rd Caleb “Dougie” Douglas tied the game for the Knights! From this point on the Pilots were on their heels as the Kids peppered Emmett Dixon with 38 Shots in the game. It was then that “Michigan” Jake Tudan or is it “Tarzan” Jake Tudan….scored a cheeky little 5 hole low shot to make it 4-3! You could hear the crowd gasp and everyone was on pins and needles as the Knights scored the go-ahead goal. Would they fold or would they step up and perform. Well did they ever perform! Great defensive play for the Knights and an offensive attacked lead to a beauty goal from Douglas on a pass from Logan Earle to make it 5-3!! A sense of relief washed over the crowd and the party began for the Knights.
Post game saw an emotional speech from team owner John Craighead about Epic battles and friendships that last a lifetime due to the bonds that games like these forge. The Giant stack of Pizzas (10 Boxes) was completely devoured by the end of it all as the sounds of Maxine Nightingales’ Right Back Where We Started From blasted on the stereo in the change room! A fitting theme song for the Kids from Whalley.