by Kyle Anderson Photo from Greystoke Photography
Jake LeBrun deflected a Garrett Forster shot with 3:32 left in the first overtime as the West Kelowna Warriors took a 3-1 series lead over the Chilliwack Chiefs in the Fred Page Cup Finals on Tuesday night at Royal LePage Place.
The Warriors had a much better first period on Tuesday than they did on Monday, scoring on the power play as Rylan Yaremko’s move to the backhand found the back of the net past Aidan Pelino. Liam Blackburn and Kylar Hope picked up assists as Blackburn used his bare hand to knock the puck down and get it to Yaremko.
Chilliwack tied it up in the second as Zach Giuttari was able to snap one home from the right circle as Jordan Kawaguchi found him from the corner.
The power play would strike back at 10:43 as Kyle Marino buried the rebound from the side of the goal, similar to the one he scored in Game 1.
A quick strike in the third tied the game at two as Darien Craighead knotted it up, and added to the intensity of the hockey game. It seemed like overtime from that moment forward.
The Warriors and Chiefs traded chances throughout the overtime, with a couple of scrambles in front of each goal that could have gone either way.
With LeBrun at the end of a shift, and Forster skating around the offensive zone with the puck, he would fire one on goal that appeared wide, but LeBrun reached behind him and deflected it right between Pelino’s legs to set off pandemonium at RLP.
With the win, the Warriors move within one victory of their first ever Fred Page Cup as BCHL Champions. They’ll get their first opportunity on Friday night at the Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.
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