(LAMBETH, ON) – It’s no quarter given in the Provincial Junior Hockey League’s West Conference final between the Lakeshore Canadiens and Lambeth Lancers. After six games of hockey, their best-of-seven series comes down tonight in Belle River.
On Saturday, with the series tied 2-2, the Habs hosted the Lancers at the Atlas Tube Centre and came out with a 3-2 victory. Quick 2nd period goals by Lakeshore’s Connor Rosaasen, Matt Smith, and Liam Hogan left Lambeth on their heels. A pair of Andrew Fletcher markers were not enough for the Lancers to complete the comeback.
Canadiens’ goalie Erik Morneau made 25 saves for the win while Lambeth’s Zach Weir stopped 31 at the other end.
The next night in Lambeth, it was do-or-die time for the Lancers. Mitchell Jenner tallied late in the 1st to give the home team an early advantage. Stephan Crevier and Rosaasen teamed up to tie the game and take the lead for Lakeshore in the middle stanza. Late in the third act, Jonah Goodman tallied for the home side to force extra time.
The two clubs went toe-to-toe in overtime, combining for 22 shots in 15 minutes of sudden-death play. In the end, Fletcher played hero for the Lancers, forcing a Game 7 showdown.
Brock MacDonald turned aside 46 chances for the clutch win while Morneau blocked 42 for the Habs.
Game 7 takes place tonight at 8pm at Belle River’s Atlas Tube Centre. The winner of the series will meet the Glanbrook Rangers in the Schmalz Cup semi-finals.