The Mounties played the first two games of playoffs against the SWAT and got down to business. Securing both games put the boys in an excellent position going into next weekend and taking a 2-0 series lead in the best of five. Having two solid games of defence, combined with an offensive overload led to the early success in the series. Mounties may have a 2-0 lead in the series but know that the SWAT will not go down easy and have to stay focused this weekend in Saskatchewan to bring home this series.
The first was all about quick goals and defence. The SWAT started the scoring 2:43 in but was followed up by four unanswered by our own Mounties. Defence and great goaltending led to about five minutes of no goals but unfortunately, the SWAT buried two late goals, bringing the score within one going into the room.
Mounties were able to pull away in the second by getting some help by the stick of Jake Foster scoring three straight for the good guys. With the SWAT only getting two past our tendy, this allowed our boys to gain a larger lead going into the room. We added three more along with Foster’s three to take a 10-5 lead after two.
The third period was all Mounties, pouring on ten while only allowing two. This is the type of team play the Mounties wish to take forward throughout playoffs in order to bring home the championship. Claude had an individual hat trick in the third and Bunio and Foster had multiple point performances in the late frame as well. With the boys firing up front and the back end doing its job, the Mounties sailed to a 20-7 victory.
Game two was more of a challenge, the SWAT did not go down easy after that first game and put up a solid fight. The first was all Mounties though, coming out hot from the gate. With two goals from Claude, combined with four other individual snipers, the Mounties potted six, versus the SWAT’s lone goal.
Again, the Mounties came out hot out of the gate in the second scoring an early one from Gillis. With the SWAT down 7-1, they played some desperate Lacrosse and pushed back hard, scoring two quick ones, and then another two after the Mounties put away their second of the period. Getting outscored 4-2 was not an ideal scenario for the Mounties but they went into the room with an 8-5 lead.
The third was a seesaw affair with 4 goals going back and forth between teams until the 8:34 mark where the Mounties broke the cycle and scored back to back within 23 seconds of each other. Outscoring their opponents by the slim margin of 5-4, the Mounties solidified a game two victory by the score of 13-9.
A game two victory puts the Mounties in the driver seat to close out the series next weekend in Saskatchewan. Our boys must be prepared for a desperate SWAT squad who will throw everything but the kitchen sink at us and bring home the series this weekend! Go Mounties Go!