At the Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan for game three of the west division best of seven final, the Blind River Beavers hit the ice up 2 – 0 in the series against the Soo Eagles on April 5th in Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League post – season action.
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario native Jacob Palmerio fired the first goal of the game at 7:05 of the opening period to give the Eagles a 1 – 0 lead with Landon Hubbard and Nick Trecroce adding the contributors on Palmerio’s third of the 2017 play – offs. The Soo’s Chris Murphy sinks his third of the post – season and the Eagles second of the contest 21 seconds past the halfway mark of the period with Jake Saxton and Trecroce drawing the helpers on Murphy’s power play marker. With the Eagles shorthanded, Adam Ostrowski finds the back of the Beavers net with an unassisted goal to bring the lead at 11:35 of the first to 3 – 0.
Palmerio scores his second of the game at 12:49 of the middle stanza with goal behind Blind River goaltender Myles Hektor. Murphy and Trecroce had the assists on Palmerio’s power play goal. At 7:36 of the third, Palmerio registers his first hat trick of the 2017 post – season with a goal behind Beaver Aidan Doak with Eagles Trecroce and William Casey setting up Palmerio’s second power play goal of the game. Both Hektor and Doak shared the goaltending duties with Hektor turning away 21 of 25 in the first 32:49 while Doak stopped 21 of 22 shots in the final 27:11 of the game. Eagle netminder Kape Phipps earned his first shutout of this season’s post – season in the Soo’s 5 – 0 win over Blind River.
Beaver coach Kyle Brick told Saultsports that tonight’s short bench wasn’t the excuse for the loss, we just need to be better at this time of the year.”
“Thought we did what we needed to do to be successful and get back in the series. Very pleased to see how we held our composure when they lost there’s. There is still room for more improvement. I don’t think we have been at our best yet in this series” said Eagle bench boss Jim Capy.
The Powassan Voodoos swept the Timmins Rock in four straight with their fourth win on April 5th to capture the east division championship.
Game four will be back in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan on Friday April 7th at the Pullar Stadium in a 7:30 p.m puck drop with the Beavers holding a 2 – 1 lead in the series.