Wranglers Win Game 3 In OT, Take 2-1 Series Lead

After a grueling trip to the South Cariboo for games 1 & 2 of the Okanagan Shuswap Conference Final, the Summerland Steam came home feeling pretty good about themselves. They earned themselves a split in two road games with the 100 Mile House Wranglers up in the South Cariboo, and took to the ice for Game 3 looking to take a series lead on Friday night at home.

Here’s how that went:

What resulted was a 5-4 loss for the Steam, in overtime, in a game that they probably feel they should have had. Stephen Egan, the captain of the 100 Mile House Wranglers notched the OT winner on a great pass from Tyler Povelofski to give the Wranglers back their series lead.

Thoughts:

    • The Summerland Steam got off to a good start in this game. They opened the scoring for the 13th time in 15 playoff games, and looked sharp early.
    • 100 Mile showed some good push back after Summerland opened the scoring, and got two goals on two bad giveaways in the defensive zone by the Steam.
    • Ryan Friesen would add the only goal in a second period that saw the two teams go back and forth without much success. Summerland controlled possession through the first two periods, but found themselves down 3-1 on three defensive mistakes .
    • Summerland would be the ones to push back in the third, and even took the lead courtesy of goals from Paulsen Lautard, Michael MacLean and Jack Mills.
    • They would then take a penalty and give up the lead on a back door pass to Tavis Roch to tie the game at 4 with just a few minutes left.
    • Summerland would then be given a 5 minute power play after Cole Zimmerman was barred from the game for a headshot on Jarrett Malchow. With 3:46 remaining in the game, Malchow stepped over the blue line and into a slapshot. As the puck left his stick, you can see in the video below that Zimmerman adjusts his angle and comes at Malchow at nearly 90 degrees. He gets his elbow up into the face/chin area of Malchow, an unsuspecting opponent who doesn’t see Zimmerman coming to blindside him. Here’s the clip:
  • Both referees (goodness only knows how) originally missed the hit, but one of the linesman made sure to mention what he saw during a lengthy referees conference while Malchow was being tended to on the ice, motionless.
  • The ensuing 5 minute power play turned out to be moot, as it was just as fruitful as all of Summerland’s other power play’s on the night.
  • A power play that’s been the best in the KIJHL in the playoffs fell silent on Friday night in Game 3. They went 0-for-6, but could have been 3-for-6 if not for some bad ‘puck luck’.
  • Jack Mills and Riley Pettitt generated a GLORIOUS chance for Pettitt to end it right before the Wranglers went the other way and scored in OT. Adam Derochie was great for 100 Mile in last night’s game, stopping 38 of 42.
  • The playoffs are all about having a short memory. There’s lots of road left to travel and it starts tonight with Game 4, as Summerland tries to even the series and force a Game 6 back at the Summerland Arena on Tuesday night.
  • Make sure to come down prior to Game 4 for the Summerland Steam’s Tailgate Party in the Summerland Arena parking lot, presented by Nesters Market. All proceeds from food and drink sales go to the Summerland Royalty Program!
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