Yorkton Harvest centre Dakota Odgers was named first star in Sunday’s home game against the visiting Battelfords Stars. The 5 foot 9 inch, 165 pound centre had a three point game with a pair of goals and an assist. The second of his two goals tied the game to send it into overtime to set up the overtime win.
“Going into the third period we wanted to get a win. That was the only option we had. We weren’t going to go out with anything else,” Odgers maintains. After going down by three goals with 11 minutes remaining in the game, the Harvest showed a lot of character by battling back for the win, he continues.
When the Battleford Stars went ahead 6-3, it was a pretty worried Harvest bench. But, all the guys knew what they had to do to get the win and were prepared to do what it took to get it, Odgers states.
LeSann got some added life on the bench with his back-to-back goals to pull the Harvest within one. The players were a little more upbeat and felt they had a chance again, Odgers says. LeSann’s fourth goal was a turning point in the game, Odgers adds.
He was pulled down on a break and was rewarded with a penalty shot with a little over a minute left in regulation time. “It was nerves, and excitement. It was a lot of emotions mixed to--gether. I was worried about messing up. In the end it was a feeling that I had to get the job done,” Odgers describes his feelings.
As he blasted down the ice, Odgers shot the puck into the right side five hole to score the game winning goal. It was the third penalty shot of his entire hockey career, and it was big.
Prior to taking the shot, Odgers discussed the situation with Harvest goalie Spencer Bomboir who advised him to go either five hole or low blocker. “As I was walking down I saw he was leaning a bit towards his blocker side so I decided I would go to five hole,” Odgers describes his shot.
While he is currently considering his options for the future, he admits he’s not averse to returning to the Harvest. “If I come back here, I would be more than happy. I feel that we’ll have a really exciting team coming next year. I think we’re going to have a real good team to challenge for top spot in the league with our young guys and our core,” Odgers closes.