Dallas Stars prospect Matt Fraser scored two goals, including the game-winner 3:55 into overtime, as the Kootenay Ice beat the St. John Sea Dogs 5-4 at the Memorial Cup Tuesday night. The victory kept the Ice alive at the Memorial Cup, where they’ll now play in a tiebreaker game that will determine which team advances to the semifinal game.
“We’re a desperate hockey team. Our backs were against the wall,” Fraser told Rogers Sportsnet after the game. “You can throw every cliché in the book that you have. The bottom line is that we needed that win and our hopes are still alive to win the Memorial Cup.
In the overtime Fraser took a pass from teammate Max Reinhart, skated to the bottom of the right circle and scored off a wrist shot to give the Ice the victory. The goal was a controversial one, since replays showed the puck had come outside the zone just before Reinhart got the puck to Fraser.
“We’re certainly not complaining,” Fraser said. "We’re happy with the win and to be in the tiebreaker, for sure.”
A loss Tuesday would have eliminated Kootenay from the tournament. St. John jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Kootenay scored two quick power play goals to tie the game.
Fraser gave the Ice a 4-3 lead with a power play goal with 12:41 left in the game when he scored off a wrist shot from the right circle.
But St. John, which is already guaranteed a spot in Sunday’s championship game, tied the game with 14.5 seconds left when a shot from the point bounced off the head of Sea Dogs forward Tomas Jurco and into the net.
The Ice will play again on Thursday, taking on the loser of Wednesday’s Owen Sound-Mississauga game.
Matt Fraser at the Memorial Cup
Dallas Stars prospect Matt Fraser's game log at the 2011 Memorial Cup