Steam lead championship final 2-0 over Kingsville

March 30, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Tottenham Steam are up two games over the Kingsville Kings in their best of seven championship final series in the quest for the Greater Metro Hockey League’s Russell Cup.
Photo by Brian Lockhart

By Brian Lockhart
The Tottenham Steam have taken a 2-0 series lead in their best-of-seven championship series against the Kingsville Kings in their quest for the Greater Metro Hockey League’s Russell Cup.
The Steam entered the final after knocking Almaguin in the round-robin competition.
The Kings arrived at the championship series as a formidable opponent.
During the regular season the Kings dominated the South Division taking only three losses before rolling through the playoffs and going undefeated over ten games.
Game one of the final series got underway in Kingsville on March 25.
After playing to a 2-2 tie in the first period the Steam found themselves trailing when the Kingsville squad score the only second period goals to make it a 4-2 game going into the final period.
A fifth Kings goal at 13:30 in the third period left the Tottenham team in serious trouble with a three goal gap and only 6:30 left to play.
The final few minutes of the game proved to be one of the most exiting times on ice this season when the Steam’ Marcus Rose managed a hat trick in just under three minutes to tie the game at five and force an overtime period.
The assists on the hat trick went to Stepan Timofeyv and two from Graham Pickard.
The game was decided on a shootout and the Steam took the first win of the series.
Returning to Tottenham for game two of the series on March 28, the teams played a tough first period that saw back and forth action for the first 20 minutes of the game.
Steam forward Matt Fischer opened the scoring at 11:17 into the game.
The Kings tied it up at 39 seconds into the second period.
The Steam charged back with Cale Markham scoring to break the tie and Graham Pickard getting another goal with four seconds left on the clock to give the Steam a two goal lead going into the third frame.
Neither team could score in the final 20 minute of play and the Steam left the ice with a 3-1 win and a two game lead in the series.
Game three of the series was played March 29 (results not available at press time). Game four will be in Kingsville Thursday.

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