St. Albert 2 at Lloydminster 5
The St. Albert Saints were hoping that a change in scenery would help their luck, but to no avail. The 1997-98 AJHL Champions were pushed to the brink of elimination Tuesday night as they fell to the Lloydminster Blazers 5-2. The club now trails in the Division Final series 3-0.
The team chased Saints netminder Scott Kabotoff early on as they broke out to a 2-0 lead on their first four shots. First, Scott Pratt scored just over three minutes in and Travis Barnes added a tally of his own to stake the Blazers to a two-goal lead.
28 seconds into the second period the Blazers made it 3-0. Pratt scored his second of the game. With 2:07 left in the period the Saints scored their first of the game. Nathan Kerbes had his first of the playoffs, assisted by Ron Grimard and Joey Bastien.
With the score 3-1, the Blazers put the game away in the third. Mark Hallam made it 4-1 Blazers 2:16 into the period and Grant Lorentz made it 5-1. The Saints didn’t give up, however, and Marc Chmilar brought the Saints to within three in the game’s last few minutes with his first of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Saints, that was as close as they were going to get.
(1) Scott Pratt – Two goals and two assists continues his stellar play in the playoffs.
(2) Travis Barnes – Two points, including the all-important goal that put his club up by two in the first.
(3) Mark Hallam – Third member of this line. Contributed offensively and defensively on this night. One goal and one assist.
March 24th – St. Albert Saints at Lloydminster Blazers, 5:00pm MT
Lloydminster leads best-of-seven series 3-0
March 24th – Olds Grizzlys at Calgary Canucks, 7:30pm MT
Best-of-seven series tied 1-1