Sunday night at Southdale saw a couple of evenly matched teams go toe to toe once again. This day, the St Boniface Riels would land the winning blow with Charleswoods’ best coming up short on the wrong end of a 2-1 game.
It didn’t take long for the Riels to wobble the Hawks with Nick Doyle scoring his 6th of the post season 1:29 into the game. The eventual game winning tally would be added in the first period by Michael Gorrie (his 7th of the playoffs). While the Riels were getting into penalty trouble affording the Hawks a 2 man advantage late in the first period, the Hawks power play came up short until 9:26 of the second period when James Bergal lit the lamp for the good guys. That would be all for scoring with both teams trading opportunities until the final bell. Ben Thorlakson was kept busy in the twine stopping 33 of 35 shots. Ryan Grossmueller would get the win for the Riels backing 23 of 24 directed his way.
The Riels have won three in a row and lead the series 3-2. It’s “do or die” for the Hawks now, and Tuesday night should be a good tilt at the barn on Oakdale as both teams line up for a 7:30 meeting at the Eric Coy Arena. Don’t miss that one!
Friday night at Eric Coy the Hawks gave up a 2 goal lead to fall to the Riels 3-2 in overtime. There was no scoring until Cory Yeroschak and the Hawks power play would hit the back of the Riels net @ 4:07 in the second. Also in period 2, Shane Kustra- Nelson would add another to give the Hawks a two goal lead. The lead lasted until late in the second frame when the Riels power play kicked in with a goal from Nick Doyle. Russell Trudeau would add one more for the Riels before the end of the period to tie it up at two each. There was no scoring in the third and overtime was reasonably short with Chris Prejet ending the game at 4:18 of extra time.
The Hawks had their chances but only capitalized on 1 of 7 power play opportunities. Ben Thorlakson was peppered in net stopping 35 of 38 shots. Sunday night at Southdale should be a “beaut”. Game time is 7:30.
In what hockey people would say was a “must win” scenario for the Riels, they responded. The game was only 31 seconds old when Michael Gorrie would get the Riels off to a quick start. Eight minutes later Nick Doyle would make it two to nothing and then Russell Trudeau would score a short handed goal to make the score 3 to 0 in favor of the Riels after one period of play. All three Riel goals would be scored on breakaways.
Ben Thorlakson took the loss recording 31 saves and Ryan Grossmueller stopped all 22 Hawk shots directed his way to earn the shutout.
Game # 4 of this series goes Friday at the Eric Coy Arena. Game time is 7:30 P.M.