The Peterborough Lakers were able to ward off and survive a late game comeback from the Victoria Shamrocks to secure the 8-6 victory. With the win Peterborough now holds a 3-1 lead in the best of seven series.
Peterborough goalie Mike Poulin was a hugs piece of the win, making 33 saves off of 39 shots. Offensively, Peterborough was led by Kyle Buchanan who tallied four points (1G/3A) in the win. Also, Shawn Evans had three points (1G/2A) which moved him to second on the all-time Mann Cup points list with 174 points, passing John Grant Jr.
Victoria was led by Chris Wardle who scored two goals in the loss. In addition, Tyson Gibson and Casey Jackson each had two points (1G/1A) while Connor Robinson had two assists. In net, Peter Dubenski played the majority of the game and made 32 saves off of 24 shots. Cody Hagedorn played in the last 24 minutes of the game and made 17 saves off of 17 shots.
Chris Wardle got the scoring started for Victoria early on with a power play goal. However, Peterborough answered quickly with a Jake Withers goal a few seconds later. Withers’ goal was the first of a four-goal run that gave Peterborough a ton of energy midway through the fist. While Victoria finally answered, Peterborough scored the final goal of the period, giving them a 5-2 lead.
The second period was slower and more defensive heavy, but Peterborough continued their dominance. Chad Tutton and Mark Matthews score two goal midway through the period, pushing their lead out to 7-2. Larson Sundown ended the scoreless run for Victoria, but Shawn Evans found the back of the net late in the second to stretch their lead back out to five.
Peterborough held an 8-2 lead heading into the third as things looked to be wrapped up, for the most part. Victoria did have a bit of a comeback in them as they blanked Peterborough in the third and scored three straight. Chris Boushy, Tyson Gibson, and Chris Wardle all scored for Victoria in the third.
Victoria was unable to complete the full comeback as Peterborough walked away with the 8-6 win and moved to 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.