The Mona Shores hockey team had its back against the wall in Monday’s Division 2 regional semifinal against Traverse City Central.

LSJ Logo incertThe Sailors trailed 1-0 going into the third period and didn’t have many answers for their evenly-matched opponent.

But Mona Shores (14-11-1) managed to tie the game on a goal by Brennen Winegar, then stole a 2-1 victory in overtime with a goal by Elijah Wilson.

“It was a great moment for everybody,” said Mona Shores hockey coach Dan Quaine, whose team will face Reeths-Puffer on Thursday at the Lakeshore Sports Centre in Muskegon. “Tough being on the opposite side, but really exciting and great for our fans who made the trip.”

Mona Shores goalie Anthony Shrum fought off TC Central in the second period and came up with key saves on the penalty kill. The Sailors managed to get out of the period down 1-0 after TC Central scored on a short-handed play.

“I thought the first period we took it to them pretty good and the second period we fought off a couple penalty kills,” said Quaine. “(Anthony) Shrum  made some big saves to fight them off.”

Winegar tied the score 1-1 for Mona Shores with a power play goal midway through the third period. Sawyer Jensen picked up the lone assist on the goal.

Wilson scored game-winner early in overtime on a 2-on-1 break. Connor Edlund assisted on the tally.

The Sailors outshot TC Central 32-30. Mona Shores’ Shrum finished with 29 saves.