St. Louis native Kyle O’Kane scored the game-winner in a 4-3 shootout win to start the second half of the Central Hockey League Season for the St. Charles Chill Friday night in Canada against the Brampton Beast.
St. Charles (9-23-5) jumped out to a lead at the 1:15 mark when Nicklas Lindberg tallied his third goal, and 17th point, on assists from John Snowden and Jordan Fox to give the Chill a 1-0 lead that they would build on later in the period. With Brampton (18-6-3) a man down, St. Charles added a power play goal from Martin Hlinka, his seventh, on an assist from O’Kane midway through the opening period to give the Chill a 2-0 lead they would hold into the second frame.
Brampton wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the second period, closing the gap to 2-1 just 1:15 into the frame and tying the score at 2-2 less than a minute later.
The Chill battled back, getting an unassisted shorthanded goal from Fox to retake the lead at 3-2 under two minutes into the third period but once again Brampton battled back. Jason Pitton lit the lamp for the second time in the game midway through the third to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.
Chill goalie Robby Moss came up with two big saves in the final minutes of overtime before the teams skated to the shootout. Nicklas Lindberg scored in the exhibition before O’Kane, the fifth and final skater for St. Charles, finished the game.
St. Charles is back on the ice against Brampton Saturday night with the puck drop scheduled for 6:35. You can watch the game live at the official Away Game Watch Party at Mr. Lucky’s. The Chill is back on home ice against the cross-state rival Missouri Mavericks on January 29th, college night with Hat Trick Draft Beers. For group ticket packages, sponsorships, and more information on the St. Charles Chill visit StCharlesChill.com.