Special to Vegas Hockey

Blaine, Minnesota – Ian Williams blasted hard down the ice and scored a very very dramatic short-handed OT goal to lift the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u to a 5-4 win over the AA West Dundee Leafs 16u of Illinois here in the evening game at the NAPHL Tournament.

Even Jr Golden Knights head coach Wally Lacroix said OMG when Williams scored such a mega goal in this very tough tournament.

“Our men played very disciplined hockey,” Lacroix said. “Then we took a penalty for too many men on the ice with 15 seconds left in the game.

“Then we scored with seven seconds left in OT…..

“We competed at a very very HIGH level and played a super responsible defensive hockey game,” Lacroix said. “Having Todd Owen as our defensive coach means so much for our team – just the way in the heat of a game our tough defensive play can help us win — like it did in this one.”

Zackary Ortolano, a premier goalie in the West, got the big win for the AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u.

The AA Vegas Jr Golden Knights 16u are defending National Champions.

Las Vegas goals

LV – Heath Mensch from Anthony Mazza

LV – Anthony Mazza from Anthony Juric, Heath Mensch

LV – William Jacob from Micah Williamson, Ian Williams

LV – Anthony Juric from Heath Mensch

LV – OT – Ian Williams, short-handed