They were outshot but not outplayed as the Saugeen Shores Winterhawks edged the Mapleton Minto 81's, 3-2 in WOAA playoff hockey.
The best of seven league semi-final series is tied at a game apiece.
Player of game was centre Andy Mitchell, who scored two goals including the game-winner which was a short-handed marker to boot.
Mitchell says you don't expect to score on a penalty-kill, especially against the 81's but his teammates did a lot of digging and the puck popped out to him in front of the 81's goalie and he put it away.
Hawks coach Peter Roedger says the team taps into Mitchell's tenacity.
He says Mitchell is always on the bubble of scoring a ton of goals and he came up big at the right time at the Plex for the win.
Roedger says other team members, that you don't usually hear from, are also doing their part, along with the stellar goaltending of Blake Sinclair.
The coach admits it's going to be a tough series but his squad knows how to play the 81's, either at home or on the road.
Game three in the series is Friday, March 4th in Palmerston at 8:30 PM.
Game four is back in Saugeen Shores on Saturday, March 5th, at the Plex.
Game time is 7:30 PM.
The winner of this series will play the winner of the South Division semi final for the league championship.
In the South Saturday night, the Clinton Radars defeated the Petrolia Squires, 5-1 so that best of 7 semi final is tied at a game apiece.