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Monday, 23 February 2015

TEAMS SPLIT GAMES 2 & 3, STEAM TAKE 2-1 SERIES LEAD

After a win in Game 1 on Friday night at the Summerland Arena, the Summerland Steam dropped Game 2 on Saturday by a score of 3-1. Ethan Rusnack opened the scoring for Kelowna with his 3rd goal in 2 playoff games. Jack Mills would reply for Summerland in the second period shortly before being removed from the game for a second (and questionable) goaltender interference penalty in the game. That would also force Mills to miss Game 3 on Sunday night in Kelowna.

Josh Kobelka netted what would be the winner for the Chiefs late in the 2nd period of Game 2, and Dakota Kittle sent one into an empty net to seal the victory. Kelowna's Nick Josephs recorded 2 assists in the game and goaltender Chris Turner put up a great performance, making 31 saves in the victory. In the other net, Brett Huber was a little less busy, stopping 24 of 26 for Summerland in a losing effort.

Heading into Game 3 on Sunday night, both teams not only had to battle each other but battle fatigue as well. There are usually only a couple of occasions in a season where teams play 3 games in 3 nights, and this was one of those occasions. Going into Game 3 we were interested to see if fatigue played more of a factor for the Chiefs, as they only used 4 defenseman in Game 2. They had six dressed, but one defenseman played 3 shifts while the other did not see the ice after warm-up.

On Sunday night in Game 3, it was all Steam all the time. They scored twice in the first, 5 times (!!) in the second, and 3 more in the third to come a way with a convincing 10-4 victory. Paulsen Lautard scored 3 times while Daylan Robertson picked up 3 assists. Kendell Wilson, Cody Egilson, Braden Eliuk, and Adam Jones recorded a goal and an assist each while Michael McEachern and Tyson Klingspohn notched 2 assists each. Cole Woodliffe, Calvin Hadley and Coleton Fisher also recorded 1 goal each. Brett Huber stopped 31 of 35 shots on the night to pick up the victory.

Nick Josephs recorded 4 points for the Chiefs in the losing effort (2G + 2A) while Kevin Roth and Braeden Cyra each picked up a goal. Goaltending duties were split on the night as Chris Turner was chased from the crease at the halfway point of the second period, making way for Brady Lenardon. Turner allowed 5 goals on 16 shots, but Lenardon didn't fare much better. He also allowed 5, facing 19 shots in his half game of work.

With Summerland leading the series 2-1, the series will take a much needed break on Monday. The two teams will re-convene in Rutland for Game 4 on Tuesday night at 7PM. Summerland will look to take a stranglehold on the series before coming home for Game 5 on Thursday.