UPDATE: The Chaos will be facing the Sherwood Park Steele in the provincial championship. Sunday night, the Steele overcame the cinderella Central Alberta Amazons, 4-2, to take the series in three games.
The Amazons won the opening game 3-2 before the Steele bounced back with back-to-back wins over the weekend.
The Cochrane Chaos are heading to the AJFHL provincial championship after yesterday's 3-2 overtime win over the Calgary Jags.
Cochrane will be hosting the first two games of the best-of-five series on Mar. 11 and 12 at the SLS Centre.
Down 2-0 last night, the Chaos were able to tie it up with five minutes remaining in regulation. Kalaina Kozak scored an unassisted goal three minutes into OT to take the series two games straight.
The Chaos won the first game 4-2 in Cochrane on Feb. 27.
Now they're waiting to see who wins the north final between the Sherwood Park Steele and Central Alberta Amazons. The Steele tied the best-of-three series last night and the winning team will be decided tonight.
The Chaos got into penalty trouble early, leading to two powerplay goals by the Jags. Kaley Mueller put the Chaos on the scoreboard with one minute remaining in the second on a powerplay, and Brooklyn Carels scored late in the third to force overtime.
"They fought hard," says Chaos head coach Derek Loomer. "Their backs were against the wall, and they played like it. They hustled the whole game as best they could. I just thought after three periods and going into overtime, the girls that they leaned on pretty hard were starting to get a little bit tired. In that way, the depth of our team really took over."
Facing a little adversity in advance of the provincials isn't necessarily a bad thing, believes Loomer. Last year, the Chaos only lost a couple of regular season games and ended up being eliminated in the first round of playoffs. It has been different this time around.
"Through the regular season, we had a lot of close games and dealt with more challenges through the year, and it's just made us more prepared."
The Chaos have been a top contender since joining the league in the 2016-17 season. They've been it to the provincials several times since then, but have fallen just short of raising the cup.
Game time on Saturday is 4:45 p.m., and Sunday's game is at 2:45 p.m.