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LONG REACH – Yukon Built Wookies’ Matt McDonald reaches for the ball while Wookies’ Justin Hendrie (far left), goalie Ryan Mannen and Vanessa Innes and Sports Experts’ Jesse Walchuk look on during the Yukon Broomball Association’s championship game at their facility in Takhini in Whitehorse Saturday.

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CLOSE CALL – The Wookies’ Cody-Lynn Claggett is foiled by Sports Experts goalie Tomas Tokic in the second overtime.

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BROOMBALL EXPERTS – Yukon Broomball Association champions Sports Experts pose with their trophy after their scintillating triple overtime win over Yukon Built Wookies.

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TAKIN’ A SHOT AT IT – Sports Experts’ Gabriel Nadon takes a shot while checked by Wook­ies’ Caitlin McKenzie. Wookies’ goalie Ryan Mannen and Matt McDonald watch the action.

Sports Experts win triple overtime thriller in broomball championship

Sports Experts won a triple overtime thriller to capture the Yukon Broomball Association championship Saturday.

By Morris Prokop on March 22, 2024

Sports Experts won a triple overtime thriller to capture the Yukon Broomball Association championship Saturday.

The Experts beat their rival Yukon Built Wookies 2-1 in the third overtime to capture the crown at the broomball rink in Takhini in Whitehorse.

Sports Experts nearly didn’t have the chance to win the game in overtime.

The Wookies took a penalty with 3:12 left in the third. (In broomball, it’s a three minute penalty.)

Sports Experts leading scorer Gabriel Nadon took advantage, scoring a power play goal with only 48.9 seconds left in the period.

The score was knotted at 1s going into overtime, which consisted of the following sudden-death formats:

Five minutes of four-on-four with goalies and two females per team.

Five minutes of three-on-three with goalies and one female per team.

Five minutes of three-on-three without goalies with one female per team.

The first overtime was scoreless.

The second overtime featured what looked like a sure goal by the Wookies’ Cody-Lynn Claggett that the Sports Experts goalie, Tomas Tokic, made an amazing save on.

In the third overtime, Gabriel Nadon took a pass from his brother Nicolas and sealed the deal.

The Star spoke with Gabriel after the game.

“We played them on Wednesday and won 6-1,” he recalled. “It was a really good game for us. Obviously, they came back stronger today. They got the jump on us late in the third.”

Gabriel described the last-minute tying goal he scored with an assist from brother Nicolas.

“Great pass. Shot it towards the goalie and I got the rebound and just poked it in.”

Gabriel then related how the overtime went.

“Everybody’s tired. Not running as much. My tactic usually – because I know that my brother and I have enough gas in the tank and we’re fast – I usually just wait until our third overtime.”

Gabriel described the championship winner.

“We were two on one – it’s easy-ish to score two on one, especially when there’s no one in the net.

“It was a great pass (from Nicolas). I hesitated. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss that one. I missed the net a couple times during the game and I didn’t want to recreate that moment. If I can, I’m gonna take that extra second every time.”

Nicolas Nadon thought it was a “very close game.”

“They were second in the standings. We were first in the standings, so it was a good representation of the season. Strong teams. Strong game. 1-1 tie up until triple overtime. That doesn’t happen often. It’s very exciting when it does.

“I think everyone had fun. For me, that’s the main thing. I just want everybody to have fun. It’s just a game.”

As for playing with his family and having him and his brother combine for the winning goal, Nicolas said, “I feel lucky. I guess not many people have a chance to do that. We have good chemistry together.”

The Nadon boys have been playing together about eight years.

“We get along together, so it’s all good fun.”

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