Colin Larkin scored at 5:37 of the third overtime period to give visiting Michigan Warriors a dramatic 1-0 victory over Port Huron Fighting Falcons in the opening game of the best-of-five series for the North American Hockey League’s North Division title.
The two teams had battled through three periods of regulation time and two full 20-minute overtime sessions before Larkin scored his third goal of the playoffs to end a goaltenders duel between Trevor Gorsuch of Michigan and Port Huron’s Alex Blankenburg.
Gorsuch made 55 saves to improve his record this playoff season to 4-0 with a 1.05 goals against average and .966 save percentage.
Blankenburg stopped 51 of 52 shots in the marathon that took 4 hours, 15 minutes to complete.
Game 2 in the series goes tonight at 7 p.m. in Port Huron.
PHOTO: Michigan Warriors overtime hero Colin Larkin. (NAHL photo.)