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Again the Campbell River Storm blasted a high volume of shots at the Saanich Braves goaltender Tyler Mathieson, this time 41. He stopped all but two to tie the seven-game final playoff series at two games apiece.
He should get a serious nod as MVP of the VISL playoffs.
The series is now a best of three, with two games taking place in the Rod Brind’Amour Arena in Campbell River – a daunting task, however doable, as the Braves did win game 1 in triple overtime in their building.
Michael Sproule opened the scoring at 10:34 of the first with an unassisted marker.
Less than five minutes later Gavin Grewal would make it 2-0.
At 10:38, Sproule would score again to give the home team a big 3-0 lead; he earned first star honours for his efforts.
Like Saanich on Saturday night, the Storm almost came back, scoring two in the third, one at 8:18 by Jake McKenzie and again at 13:03 by Darren Hards.
Neither powerplay would capitalize, with Saanich going 0/3 and Campbell River 0/2.
Dylan Garand would stop 29 of 32 Saanich shots to take the loss.
Mathieson’s play so far, should not go unnoticed. Campbell River has outshot the Saanich Braves 205-138.
Game 1 (triple OT) 71-48, game 2: 42-19, game 3: 51-39 and game four: 41-32.
The teams travel up to Campbell River to play Tuesday, with a 7:30 pm puck drop. They will be back in Saanich at Pearkes Arena with a scheduled puck drop of 6:30 pm and if game 7 is necessary, they will play in Campbell River on Saturday, March 31 at 5:00 pm.