Oil Barons win 3-2 to take 3-1 series lead
The Pontiacs entered game four on Wednesday with a chance to tie the series at 2-2. Things started off on a bad note for Bonnyville, but they were able to force overtime. After all was said and done, the Oil Barons walked away with a 3-2 victory in Double OT.
The first half of the opening frame was quiet. The Oil Barons dampened the spirits of Pontiacs fans with seven minutes left in the period. Nicholas Leeseberg put one past Sandro Silvestre to open the scoring. The Oil Barons got another goal in the final five minutes of the period off the stick of Taner Miller. The powerplay marker made the score 2-0. The shots in the first period were 14-6 for the Oil Barons.
Pontiacs come back
Bonnyville picked up their first goal of the game 2:45 into the second period. Riley Smith used a strong effort to score the first Pontiacs goal. The unassisted tally put the score to 2-1. Sandro Silvestre had a solid period stopping all 14 shots he faced.
“Just got to file everything to the net. Szcudor can stop it if he can see it. Try and get one in the thirty second powerplay.” Ryan Symington told Husband Chad during the second intermission.
Isaac Saniga and Tyler Podgorenko hooked up just over eight minutes into the third to tie the game. Saniga’s goal gave the Pontiacs life. They would pile up 20 shots in the period, but were unable to score the go ahead goal. Bonnyville outshot Fort McMurray 37-35 in regulation.
Pontiacs can’t end overtime on high note
The first overtime period would solve nothing. For the second time in the series, the teams headed to double overtime. Jarred White put the nail in the coffin for the Pontiacs seven minutes into the frame. The Oil Barons secured a 3-1 series lead on the White goal.
“You’re always disappointed when you lose, but if you sell out like our guys did tonight, it’s less disappointing.” Coach Rick Swan said post-game.
Game five goes Friday up in Fort McMurray at 7:30 p.m.