No matter who you are or who you cheer for, if you were inside the Summerland Arena last night or watching on the Webcast, you surely had fun. I know we did, as we got to call what was the best game of the series to date. They seem to get better and better every night, and as we advance into the late stages of this series they’re only bound to get better.
Summerland came out firing on all cylinders, and a great start had them up 2-0 before the game was five minutes old. Josh Pilon opened the scoring, beating Brady Lenardon in the Kelowna net with a shot from the lower right circle. Riley Pettitt would then pot a pass from Jack Mills on the power play to stake the home team to their lead.
It was the third game in a row they’d gotten out to a 2-0 lead, and for the third game in a row, Kelowna came back. Summerland couldn’t avoid the second period meltdown, and it cost them their lead. The Steam would get out of the first period up a deuce, but it took just :44 of play in the second period for Jaden McNulty to cut the lead to one. Jonathan Lee would then tie things up just over five minutes into the second frame on a power play.
The score would stay that way until the Chiefs took a lead 2:46 into the third period. Luke Kalenuik would get the goal, placing a good shot behind Steam starter Matt Kostiw from the right circle.
The lead would last until 10:33 when Josh Pilon poked the puck through a pile and into the net behind Brady Lenardon to tie the score, eventually forcing overtime.
Here’s the highlights:
🚨🚨🚨🚨GALE! AGAIN! 🚨🚨🚨🚨
For the 2nd night in a row, @wyattgale bags the winner, this one in OVERTIME, and the Steam win 4-3!
— Summerland Steam (@SteamKIJHL) March 1, 2016
Wyatt Gale ended it 5:07 into the first overtime period, with a sensational goal scored from his stomach. Gale took a pass from Adam Jones in the neurtral zone, and made a move around the Kelowna defender standing in front of him. The Kelowna D man did a good job to separate Gale from the puck, but Gale pushed through to end up right in front of Brady Lenardon in the Kelowna net. While being taken down, Gale was able to get enough of the rolling puck to chip it past Lenardon from his stomach for the game winner.
The goal gives Summerland a 3-2 series lead, and a chance to close this thing out on Tuesday night in Rutland. Join Justin McCartney, one of the best the KIJHL has to offer, for Play-By-Play action starting at 7PM on http://www.playfullscreen.com. I will update to twitter as often as possible, as I’m working tonight so I’ll be watching right there with you!