By Woodard, Dale on March 20, 2017.
The Lethbridge Val Matteoti bantam AAA Golden Hawks Alberta Major Bantam Hockey League championship final has gone from a best-of-five to a best-of-one.
The Golden Hawks downed the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers 2-1 in overtime during Game 4 of the team’s provincial championship Sunday afternoon in Fort Saskatchewan.
With the win, the Golden Hawks tie the series at 2-2 and stay alive in the series to force the winner-take-all fifth game Wednesday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
The Rangers snagged a 2-0 series lead with a pair of wins last weekend in Lethbridge before the Golden Hawks returned the favour Saturday and Sunday, heading north and posting a 7-2 win Saturday before knotting the series Sunday afternoon with the overtime win.
On Sunday, the Rangers held a 1-0 lead with a goal in the second and carried that lead into the third before Lethbridge’s Zack Stringer tied the game to force overtime.
Then in the extra session, Ridly Greig pulled the trigger on the overtime winner to keep the Golden Hawks alive and bring Game 5 to Lethbridge.
Brayden Peters stopped 37 shots in Sunday’s win.
On Saturday, Lethbridge opened it up with three goals in the second period and three more in the third en route to the win as Stringer scored three goals in a row and Greig scored the first two Golden Hawk goals.
Kadyn Chabot and Tristan Kimmen added the other Golden Hawks goals.
Carter Spring added three assists for the Golden Hawks and Greig chipped in with two helpers for a four-point afternoon. Stringer had an assist for four points.
Chabot also had an assist for two points.
Peters faced 26 shots in the win.
Game 5 goes at 6:30 Wednesday night at Nicholas Sheran Arena.
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