ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Nick McCabe and Alex Hanson scored first period goals and Zane Steeves made 49 saves as the 100 Mile House Wranglers edged the Mission City Outlaws 2-1 Friday afternoon.
100 Mile House, along with Mission City and the Victoria Cougars, currently sit atop of the Cyclone Taylor Cup standings with three points apiece.
The nightcap features Victoria and the Campbell River Storm.
Steeves has been a wall the entire tournament. The 19-year-old from Red Deer, Alberta, has only allowed four goals on 79 shots in two starts.
His best save of the game came with two minutes remaining in the second period when he slid post to post and robbed Kyle Lennea of a sure goal.
The Wranglers led 2-1 to that point.
It was a rough and tumble affair with both teams combining for 77 penalty minutes which included the first fight of tournament.
Kolten Carpenter and Noah Wiebe exchanged fisticuffs in a spirited fight.
100 Mile House had to kill off a five minute major for checking-to-the-head against Tate Page for a hit on Bryce Pisiak along the end boards.
Page also received a game misconduct.
However, the PJHL champions were unable to capitalize on the extended man advantage.
David McGowan scored the lone goal for the Outlaws while Jeffrey Veitch stopped 38 shots.
Mission City finished 1-for-4 on the power play. The Wranglers went 0-for-4.
PLAYER OF THE GAME (100 MILE HOUSE WRANGLERS): Zane Steeves
PLAYER OF THE GAME (MISSION CITY OUTLAWS): Jeffrey Veitch