Tryg Strand bailed out the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Wednesday night in Port Alberni in B.C. Hockey League action.
The Bulldogs (2-13-2-1) blew a three-goal lead to the Nanaimo Clippers (7-7-0-1), but Strand benefitted from a big break in double overtime to ship the puck into the empty net to preserve a 5-4 win.
Hunter Stewart, Zach Funk, Mak Brown, and Scott Clark also scored for the Bulldogs while former Clipper Connor LaCouvee made 43 saves for the win.
Spencer Hewson, Scott Prier, Devin Brosseau and Bo Brauer responded for the Clippers. Jayson Argue made 48 saves in the loss.
The Bulldogs built a 4-1 lead by the 3:38 mark of the second period, but Nanaimo started to chip away.
Prier, Nanaimo's captain, got the rally going at 14:27 with an unassisted marker, then Brosseau made it a one-goal game at 15:36 from Sheldon Rempal and Korey Morgan.
Brauer tied it at 13:06 of the third period from Mason Mitchell and Brendan Taylor.
Strand's winner started innocently enough, on a point shot, but Argue got tangled up with forward Jacob Hanlon. The rebound went right to Strand, who had a wide-open net to shoot into at 1:23 of the fifth period.
The Clippers are in Victoria on Friday to play the Grizzlies (8-6-1-0) at 7 p.m.
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