In Game 1 it was the Summerland Steam who scored 2 goals in :41 seconds to secure a 3-2 win. In game 4 the script was flipped as it was the Chiefs who scored 2 goals 1:31 apart in the third to take a 3-2 score. The win for the Chiefs came in a fast paced, high octane game that saw the teams combine for 77 shots on goal. Brett Huber faced 45 of those, making 42 saves while Chris Turner was good in a bounce back performance stopping 30 of 32.
Kelowna opened the scoring early in the 2nd period when Dakota Kittle was left all alone in front of Huber and was allowed to tip a Josh Kobelka shot up and over the Steam goaltender. The Steam would reply just under 10 minutes later on a powerplay when Braden Eliuk located a loose puck and tapped it into a yawning cage to bring the score to 1-1. Summerland would then take a 2-1 lead with 1:01 left in the second period on a powerplay thanks to a rocket of a shot from Paulsen Lautard. Lautard got in on a 2-on-1 with Cole Woodliffe and looked him off before firing low blocker side on Turner.
The Steam were on the powerplay after Chase Astorino was ejected from the game. He was assessed 5 and a game for boarding (behind the play, didn't see it) on Cole Williams. Williams stayed down and needed help off the ice, but returned midway through the third period.
Summerland's powerplay would continue into the third but they were unable to get set up. Kelowna would then knot things up at 2 with 12:45 to play when Dylan Jamieson picked up a rebound to the right of Brett Huber and made a good shot up into the roof of the net.
Just :41 after that, Summerland was penalized for slashing. Michael McEachern was the guilty party, Nick Josephs the "victim" as he had his stick slashed out of his hand for the third time on the night. Summerland was penalized for it twice. Both times the Steam player in question gave Josephs the hairy eyeball because it might have come out a little too easily.
On this occasion, it allowed the Chiefs to notch the game winner as Josephs was able to hold onto his stick on the PP and score off a rebound to the right of Huber to give his team the lead and the eventual victory.
Jack Mills left the game in the middle of the third period after taking a teammate's shot up high while working the front of the net. Mills stayed down on the ice and left for some repairs, but returned in time to help Summerland try and push for the equalizer late in the third.
They were unsuccessful, but showed great pushback after the Kelowna goal. They had several opportunities and near relentless pressure, but couldn't beat Chris Turner.
Game 5 goes Tuesday night in Summerland at 7:30. Mike, Joel and I will be on the air with full pre-game starting around 7:15. Game 6 will go Friday in Kelowna and if necessary a do-or-die Game 7 will go Saturday night in Summerland.