Redmen Will Need to Enjoy Success at Home to Force Game 7
The game plan for the Redmen is straightforward, defeat the Lakers in game six on home floor Wednesday night in order to keep the 2017 playoff season alive. Game five in this best of semi final series went tonight in Peterborough and the Lakers took the 7-5 win and 3-2 series lead.
The Redmen went with Mike Poulin, strong in their 11-9 win in game four, in net and the Lakers chose Evan Kirk to perform their goalkeeping duties.
The Lakers, in front of a reported crowd of 2,600, scored the first two goals of the game only to have them matched by the Redmen. Graeme Hossack scored eight seconds after Peterborough went up 2-0 and Dan Lintner netted one in the last nine seconds to send the teams to break tied at 2-2.
The Lakers scored first in each of the three periods tonight and won the second frame 2-1 and the third 3-2 in a solid defensive battle, for the 7-5 final. Games one to three were each decided by only one goal and game four was a two goal spread for the Redmen.
Poulin and Kirk were solid in net as the Lakers shot 51 balls at the Redmen net and the Redmen returned the favour 42 times. Referees Blair Ferguson and Andrew Ecclestone assessed 11 minors, seven to the Redmen and four the Lakers with the homeside converting on two extra man situations.
Besides Hossack and Lintner (with a pair) the other goal scorers were Reilly O'Connor and Curtis Knight.
Game six is Wednesday at Iroquois Park and seventh and deciding game, if needed, back in Peterborough. Oakville, by virtue of a 7-5 win, have forced game seven on Tuesday August 15 in the series with Six Nations.