(Editor's note: University of Providence media release)
PROVO, Utah – Leo Felt scored the game-winning goal 18 seconds into overtime to lead the University of Providence men's hockey team to the Mountain West Collegiate Hockey League Championship title. The Argos defeated the top-seeded University of Mary 3-2 Saturday afternoon.
"It was real exciting," head coach Jeff Heimel said. "He was driving outside. He had a good amount of speed. It took me awhile to actually realize that he's got a really good opportunity. It turned into a breakaway real quick. The guys were off the bench before I realized what happened. I hopped into the pile too because of the adrenaline. We were going nuts."
The Argos were the first team to get on the scoreboard, when Reed Link found Jakob Stevenson for the power play goal with two minutes left in the first period. The Marauders responded with two goals in the second period to take a one goal lead. Cody Hendrickson evened things up with 12:57 left in the third period off the assist from Levi Anderson. No one scored the rest of the regulation.
The championship trophy is a monumental accomplishment for a team whose only in its second year of existence.
"It's fantastic," Heimel said. "You do all the right things and you work hard and you hope it works out. To see it come to this point this quickly is really cool. It's really a testament to the guys. They're winners. Winners win. These kids are just great. It's a really big night for the program."
The Argos, who are currently the #2 seed in the West Region, will wait for the final Regional rankings to come out this upcoming week to see their postseason schedule. The top two seeds automatically qualify for the National Tournament.
In the meantime, the Argos will next take the ice against Montana State Feb. 14 in Bozeman. They'll return to Great Falls Saturday night to play the Bobcats at 7:00 p.m.