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Utica rallies from 3 goals down, defeats Fraser in overtime PHOTO GALLERY

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They say a three-goal lead can be the most dangerous lead in hockey. For Fraser’s hockey team, that couldn’t be truer.

Despite trailing Fraser 4-1 after the first period and 5-2 after the second, the Utica Chieftains rallied to tie the game with a minute and a half remaining and then won it on Jacob Maddox’s overtime goal in Tuesday night’s Division 2 pre-regional.

Maddox’s unassisted breakaway goal just over three minutes into the extra session was his second of the game to lift Utica to a 6-5 win. He also added three assists on the night.

After Jason Peraino scored his second of the game to bring the deficit down to just two early in the third, Maddox scored almost exactly a minute later to make it a one-goal affair.

Tristan Lupinski added the equalizer with 1:36 remaining on the clock.

Utica coach Dave Koons said the win was a big step forward for his team in a season that has shown bright signs for the future of the program.

“It’s been a year of learning for us,” he said. “There have been bits and spurts where they’ve come together as a team and tonight they came together.”

Koons also complimented the play of Fraser, which at one point in the second period owned a 5-1 lead over the Chieftains.

“Fraser’s a heck of a team and Don (Krussman) is a great coach,” he said. “They deserved to win just like we did.

“Our guys fought hard and got the job done, but one shot and we could’ve easily lost this game,” he added.

Fraser’s four first period goals came from Blake Shalawyo, Chris Wille and two from Will Sievers. Jayson Glowe had the fifth goal for the Ramblers.

Fraser coach Don Krussman was upset about watching his team’s lead evaporate.

“We were trying hard and doing our best, but it just didn’t go our way,” he said. “I think we outshot them, but their goalie was really good and we just couldn’t get it by him.”

Sievers led Fraser with two goals and an assist. Jason Glowe and Blake Shalawyo each had a goal and an assist, Frank Russel had two assists and Gus Dellies also added an assist.

Other than Maddox, Peraino and Lupinski, the Chieftains got a goal and an assist out of Tavish Smith as well as assists from Tyler Martin and Mark Herc.

The Chieftains will take on Stoney Creek on Thursday in the pre-regional final.

Last Updated: 3/1/2016 10:26:01 PM EST