Bitter rivals Dexter and Chelsea faced off in a key SEC White match Saturday night at the Arctic Coliseum in Chelsea in a game that both needed to try to stay in the conference standings.
The Dreadnaughts and Bulldogs both entered the game with 1-2 conference records after early season struggles. Jackson leads the White with a 3-1 record, with Pinckney in second at 3-2.
Neither team mustered much offense early until Chelsea had a big chance midway through the first when they broke away on a two on one, but Dexter goaltender Kris Eberly made a big save to keep the game scoreless.
The Bulldogs broke through with 13 seconds left in the first when Brady Fleszar flipped a rebound over top of Eberly and the puck barely crossed the goal line for a 1-0 Chelsea lead after one period.
The Dreadnaughts tied it in the second when Kyle Knapp tipped in a rebound after a scramble in front of the net with 11:26 left in the second.
Things got chippy between the rivals with multiple stoppages of play and offsetting penalties on each squad.
Ryan Lotz put the Dreads on top when he wristed a shot into the net with 9:40 left in the third.
Chelsea had a couple of strong chances, but Eberly came up big to keep it 2-1.
With just over a minute left, the Bulldogs pulled goaltender Aidan Boote for the extra attacker, when Lotz found the empty net with 41 seconds left to make it 3-1.
Chelsea kept Boote on the bench and with 11 seconds left Alex Mills found the empty net once again to make the final 4-1.