In what was their best Game 3 performance, the Ice Wolves battled with the Terriers all the way to overtime. It was a great game to watch for the fans who were not quite settled in their seats when Travis Eggum brought them all out again to either cheer or head home disappointed a mere twenty-two seconds into the overtime frame. Final score, a 4-3 victory for La Ronge and a 2-1 series lead.
This was the first game we saw both teams really go at it for 60 minutes. The Ice Wolves would score, the Terriers would answer. That went back and forth three and a half times. Both goalies were pretty solid aside from a weak goal on Devin Peters in the third period.
The play everyone was talking about from Game 3 was Marc-Andre Carre's goal that was not. So far, only one media type that I've spoken to felt it wasn't a goal (I haven't sampled all of them yet). Bottom line, a missed call that could have cost the Ice Wolves, but they didn't let it affect them. La Ronge just kept coming in the third. Like Braden said on the broadcast, they could have just played the 'poor me' excuse, but they kept with it and took a well deserved win.
Now the Terriers need to respond to earn the split on home ice. A few of the players I've been looking for more from brought it last night. Robbie Ciolfi chipped in with a goal and was very dangerous while Clarke Breitkreuz was all over the place, earning two assists. Jeremy Boyer and Justin Buzzeo still have yet to make a major impact on the series, and we'll see if that changes for Game 4.
It looks like the Ice Wolves will be without Phil Belanger for Game 4 and likely the rest of the series after his collision along the boards with Troy Dumais. So we'll see who draws in for the Ice Wolves in Belanger's place, either Vandenameele making his return or Steven Cook coming back into the lineup.
The Ice Wolves just need to play like they did in Game 3 if they want a shot at taking a 3-1 lead back to La Ronge. There were a couple of miscue's that led to goals, and if they can eliminate those 'moments' the Wolves will be in great shape.
Three Stars - Selected by Braden Malsbury of CTV News Yorkton
1. Travis Eggum - LR - 1 G, 1 A - Potting the winner and accounting for a bunch of the Ice Wolves' shots, not to mention a nice set up for Logan Herauf to open the scoring seems like a reason to be the first star to me. Eggum had his best game of the series along with the second star.
2. Marc-Andre Carre - LR - 1 A - Game plan for the Terriers... don't hit Carre. After going for a flight when he was hip checked by Devon McMullen, Carre was on fire. He was dangerous for the rest of the night and got the helper on the game winner. Another effort like that from Carre, and he'll get more than one assist.
3. Clarke Breitkreuz - YKTN - 2 A - The Terriers needed a big game from Breitkreuz and he delivered. He picked up two assists and created a few opportunities that were stopped by Adam Bartko or just went wide. His game has improved every game, so what's in store for Game 4?
I'll have Game Four of the SJHL Finals from the Farrell Agencies Arena here in Yorkton starting at 7:15 with the Pre-Game Show and Puck Drop at 7:30 on MBC Radio and MBCRadio.com. Braden Malsbury will join me on colour again tonight as the Ice Wolves take a stab at going up 3-1 in the series. Should be a grand affair.
Enjoy the game!