At the Pullar Stadium on April 7th, the Soo Eagles hosted the Blind River Beavers in game four of the West Division Final Championship best of seven series with the Beavers leading the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League series 2 – 1.
With four seconds left in the opening period, Beaver Cole Peck found the back of Eagle netminder Kade Phipps net to give Blind River a 1 – 0 lead with Max Khull and Yianni Liarakos adding the contributors on Peck third of the 2017 post – season. With Soo netminder Phipps playing the puck behind his own net, Liarakos picks up a loose puck a sinks a shorthanded unassisted goal for Blind River to bring the Beavers lead to 2 – 0 at 3:11 of the middle stanza. With the visitors on a power play, Caleb Serre fires the Beavers third of the contest with his third of the play – offs to increase the lead to 3 – 0 on a power play with helpers from Anthony Bastianello and Peck at 7:55 of the period.
17 seconds past the halfway mark of the second and the Eagles on a five on three power play, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native Jacob Palmerio finds the back of Beaver Aidan Doak’s net for the Soo’s lone goal of game four. Nick Trecroce and Jake Saxton set up Palmerio’s sixth of the post – season. With 29 seconds left in the contest and Phipps on the Eagles bench for an extra attacker, Blind River’s Zak Lambrecht fires the puck down the ice for an empty net goal to give the Beavers a 4 – 1 win over the Eagles. Bastianello had the assist on Lambrecht’s fourth of the play – offs. Doak turned away 33 of 34 shots for the Beavers while Phipps stopped 37 of 40 for the Eagles on Friday evening.
Beaver coach Kyle Brock told Saultsports.com that “I thought our compete level was unmatched tonight, we battled very hard and it showed on the score board. It was good to see our boys hold their composure when they didn’t. We are excited for game five in front of the best fans in the league.”
“We basically gift rapped the first two goals for them and could never recover! That being said they were the better team tonight. We just didn’t play with the urgency required for a team that is down 2-1 in the series” said Eagle coach Jim Capy.
The game five for the West Division Final will take place in Blind River on April 8th with a 7:00 p.m puck drop.