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Spartans edge Quake in playoff opener

Joey White tallied the game-winner with just one second remaining as the Southern Oregon Spartans rallied for a 7-6 victory against the Yellowstone Quake in the opening round of the NORPAC hockey playoffs Tuesday at The RRRink.

The teams will play the second game in the best-of-5 series at 7:05 tonight at The RRRink.

White scored the decisive goal on assists from Luke Nickels and Mike Leskun.

Anthony Galio's goal at 18:12 of the final period pulled the Spartans into a 6-all tie.

The game was tied 3-3 after two periods.

Nickels and Tim Talty each scored earlier in the third to give Southern Oregon a one goal lead at the time in the period. But Yellowstone answered with consecutive goals to go ahead 6-5 at 17:47.

Alex O'Leary and Leskun accounted goals in the opening period, which ended in a 2-all tie.

Talty's unassisted goal gave the Spartans a 3-2 advantage but Drew Parus knotted the score for Yellowstone with a goal late in the second period.

Zach Woodman recorded 25 saves in net for the Spartans, while Yellowstone goalie Dom DeGuiseppi faced 38 shots.

Yellowstone 2 1 3 — 6

Southern Oregon 2 1 4 — 7