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Fort Saskatchewan 1 at Lloydminster 4 (Blazers win 4-3)
The Lloydminster Blazers came back from being down 3-2 in the AJHL best-of-seven quarterfinal to beat the Fort Saskatchewan Traders 4-3. On this night, home ice advantage would come in to play as almost 2000 fans cheered the home side on to victory.
Lloydminster’s Travis Barnes opened the scoring with four minutes remaining in the first period as he took a Mark Hallam pass and netted his second of the playoffs. Fort Saskatchewan’s Nick Boucher has been phenomenal throughout the series and was again in the first period tonight stopping 17 of 18.
With about four minutes left in the second period, Hallam scored one of his own – his third of the post-season – assisted by Paul Esdale to give the Blazers a more-comfortable 2-0 lead. Lloyd blew it wide open with just over a minute left as Barnes scores his second of the game, third of the playoffs to give his club a commanding 3-0 lead. Hallam assisted on the goal, his third point of the game. Boucher was very good again this period, stopping 13 shots.
Early on in the final frame Trevor Baker gave the Traders some life as he made the score 3-1. This would be Ray Fraser’s period to shine, however, as the Lloydminster goaltender stopped 14 of 15 shots directed at him. Mark Hallam scored a powerplay goal with about nine minutes remaining to ice the game and 4-1 was how it would end.
(1) Mark Hallam – Two goals and two assists. A big night for the 20-year-old when it mattered most. Now leads his team in playoff points with 10.
(2) Travis Barnes – Scored two goals as well. By far his biggest game of the playoffs so far.
(3) Lee Siemens – Very solid game from the 19-year-old 6’1″ 220 defenceman. A force in front of the net.
March 20th – Olds Grizzlys at Calgary Canucks, 7:30pm MT
The 28-30-4 Grizzlys, fresh off an upset of the Calgary Royals hope to end the season of the record-setting 50-8-4 Canucks.
March 20th – Lloydminster Blazers at St. Albert Saints, 7:30pm MT
The 37-23-2 Blazers have to re-focus quickly as they face the well-rested Saints (43-19) this Saturday.