Game three was the first to be played at home for the Mounties in the Peppardome and was a tight battle the whole way through. The Mounties got behind the eight ball early but then kept themselves within two for the majority of the game. As the see-saw game continued, the Raiders were able to fend off the Mounties long enough until the Raiders outscored the Mounties 4 to 2 in the third, taking a 13-8 victory to make the best of 7, 3-0 in the Raiders favor.
After the hard overtime loss in game two and then losing at home, the Mounties had nothing to lose on Monday night when they played game four. Desperate times, call for desperate, hard-working play… and that’s what the Mounties delivered for game 4.
It was do or die on Monday night and the Mounties came out like it, starting off the game very strong scoring two goals within four minutes of the first. The Raiders answered back with two of their own to tie the game up. The Mounties wanted to send a message going into the room that they were not going to go down easy as they put three more passed the Raider goalkeeper, taking a 5-2 lead into the room after one.
The second was more-square with slightly more offence than the first. Mounties banged two in the net early again to take a 7-2 lead, the largest so far of the best of seven! The rest of the third was a see-saw affair with the Raiders eventually outscoring the Mounties by a slim margin of 5-4 throughout the period, leaving the score at 9-7 after 2.
The third was highlighted by great goaltending, and solid defence as only five goals were scored total by both teams throughout the frame. The Mounties kept their routine of starting off the scoring, but then allowed two Raiders goals to make it a 10-9 game. Big players step up in big games and Prysko got the job done scoring two back to back to complete his hat trick and take a 12-9 lead with 6:51 to play. Our faithful goaltender shut the door the rest of the period as highlighted by his 48 saves on the night and the boys won their first game of the series!
With nothing to lose but everything to gain Wednesday night, the boys will play game 5 at Max Bell arena at 7:30pm. They look to close the game in the current 3-1 series, and bring game 6 back home!