Challenged by his coach after two periods of play, Ty Rattie responded in impressive fashion Saturday night at Rabobank Arena.
Rattie tied the game with seven minutes left in regulation, then scored the winner 4:10 into overtime as the Condors beat the Rockford IceHogs 3-2.
“That’s 3-on-3,” Rattie said. “(Grayson) Downing makes a heck of a pass and that’s the way she goes.”
Downing, who scored his first goal of the season in first period, hit Rattie with a 75-foot stretch pass in overtime and Rattie went in all alone to beat Matt Tomkins.
“I was kind of looking for a line change, their team went for a line change too and I just had my head up and found him,” Downing said of the pass. “At first thought I’d missed him but he picked it up pretty well. He’s a goal scorer so you just have to give him the puck.”
Laurent Brossoit, making his third straight start in goal after being sent down by Edmonton, stopped 35 shots, including six in overtime, which started with Rockford on a power play.
Condors coach Gerry Fleming was not pleased after two periods of play as the Condors trailed 2-1 and Rattie was one of his targets.
“I tell you what, I challenged Ty between the second and third period and he responded well,” Fleming said. “He responded like a leader is supposed to respond. He assumed responsibility for his play and went out there and played the the way he is capable of playing. He has to play that way to give us a chance and he played well. Hat’s off to him.”
On the game-tying goal, Rattie carried the puck into the Rockford zone and fed a pass to Joey LaLeggia, LaLeggia sent he puck back to Rattie who scored from between the circles.
The Condors took a 1-0 lead 10:55 into the first when Downing got his first goal of the year on a deflection. Iiro Pakarinen had one of the assists to run his point streak to seven games.
The IceHogs came on strong in the second half of the first and had three Grade A chances in quick succession. Alexandre Fortin rang a shot off the pipe on a breakaway with seven minutes left, Brossoit made a save on William Pelletier on another breakaway a minute later and made yet another save on a shot from the slot with five minutes left.
Rockford tied the game 4:17 into the second when Tyler Sikur, standing in front of the net, deflected a shot past Brossoit, running his goal streak to five games and point streak to nine.
The IceHogs took a 2-1 lead before that goal announcement was completed as Carl Dahlstrom trailed a quick up-ice rush and scored 43 seconds later on a hot from the high slot.