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Lloydminster 2 at Fort Saskatchewan 5
Nick Boucher is turning out to be the story in this series and quite possibly the AJHL playoffs to this point. At the start there was very little to choose between the two clubs aside from the fact that Lloydminster was on an incredible run to close out the season. Now, it appears, Fort Saskatchewan goaltender Nick Boucher is turning out to be the clincher in the Traders’ favour.
He was not as busy as last game – when he made 48 saves – but he was solid when he needed to be, especially in the third period. Sean Day opened the scoring tonight on a powerplay 13 minutes into the first period but just over a minute later John Davidson answered back for the Blazers and the two teams went to intermission deadlocked at one.
Fifty seconds into the second, Traders leading scorer Matt Gorman surprised Lloydminster goalie Ray Fraser to put the Traders ahead once again. Lloydminster’s leading scorer in the playoffs Jamie Weiss then tied it up once again as he converted Chris Dallyn’s feed on the powerplay. Trevor Baker, who may have played his best game of the year overall for the Traders, put the Fort ahead for good only several minutes later and Ryan Campbell doubled their lead on the powerplay three minutes after that.
In the third, it was The Nick Boucher Show as the Fort Saskatchewan netminder turned aside 15 shots to continue his incredible run in the playoffs thus far. Kyle Chant put the puck in the empty net to seal it. The two teams meet again Wednesday in Lloydminster.
(1) Nick Boucher – Not as busy as last night when he turned aside 48 shots, but was very solid nonetheless stopping 26 and putting his team up 2-0.
(2) Ray Fraser – Lloydminster netminder was almost as good despite allowing four goals.
(3) Trevor Baker – Scored a key goal in a tight game to put his team in front for good.
March 8th – Camrose Kodiaks at Calgary Canucks, 7:30pm MT
Best-of-seven quarterfinal tied 0-0
March 9th – Olds Grizzlies at Calgary Royals, 7:00pm MT
Olds leads best-of-seven quarterfinal 2-0
March 9th – St. Albert at Grande Prairie, 7:30pm MT
St. Albert leads best-of-seven quarter final 2-0
March 10th – Fort Saskatchewan at Lloydminster, 7:30pm MT
Fort Saskatchewan leads best-of-seven quarterfinal 2-0