By Jon Zacks
The South East Prairie Thunder looked like a contender on Thursday afternoon, as they dispatched the Clarenville Caribous from the Allan Cup.
The afternoon quarterfinal started with a bang, as the teams combined for a whopping five goals in the first seven minutes. But, when the smoke had cleared, it was the Prairie Thunder with a 3-2 lead. Last year’s Allan Cup runners-up proved the first team to regain control of its emotion, as the Prairie Thunder stuck to the game plan, and did an effective job of neutralizing the Caribous’ speed.
Midway through the second period, Mike Martens added his second goal of the game, and what would become the game-winner, as the Prairie Thunder stifled the Caribous’ powerplays, and showed their experience and poise.
Nick Fuher, Travis Cornelson, Tim Plett, Tim Krymusa, and Cory Baldwin also scored for the Prairie Thunder, while Justin Harris picked up the win in goal.
For the third straight game, Jason Churchill was under seige in the Clarenville goal, as he faced 60 shots in the game – Clarenville’s third game against a powerhouse roster in less than 72 hours.
Click here to listen to a post-game interview with Matt Sales and South East’s Mike Martens.
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The Prairie Thunder will await the result of Thursday evening’s Powell River vs. Bentley quarterfinal, to see who they play in Friday’s semi finals.