Sunday night's junior B hockey game at Welland Arena began with the opening faceoff, though only for the visiting Thorold Blackhawks.
Until they started feeling a sense of urgency and, as a direct result, began finding the back of the net in rapid-fire fashion, the host Junior Canadians were missing in action for most of the game.
They rarely made their presence felt at Thorold's end of the ice for the first 50-plus minutes of the game. Quality scoring chances were few, and a hometown player's name was nowhere to be found on the scoresheet as Thorold padded a two-goal lead with a shorthanded marker midway into the third period.
That cushion seemed insurmountable with the Front Row Sports Junior Canadians destined to lose their second game in as many nights and their fourth in a row.
The hole still appeared much too deep after Welland finally thwarted Josh Astorino's bid for his second shutout of the season 14:37 into the third period. Closer, but still no cigar.
But the task wasn't as daunting after a power-play less than two minutes later made it a one-goal game.
Remarkably, a comeback was not entirely out of the question.
The Junior Canadians, suddenly playing like the team that has either occupied first or second place for much of the season, felt that way, too, forcing overtime with 1:07 remaining in regulation.