By Jon Zacks
The South East Prairie Thunder posted the first victory of the 2010 Allan Cup, with a 4-2 victory over the Powell River Regals on Monday afternoon.
After struggling to find their legs in the first ten minutes of the game, the Prairie Thunder were able to stem the tide, and stay in the game. After Powell River’s Chris Tarr opened the scoring, South East’s Cory Baldwin deflected a Dane Crowley point shot past Chad Vizzutti, to even the score with just 18 seconds remaining in the first period.
The Prairie Thunder stormed out of the gate in the second and third periods, carrying the play, and scoring two goals in a span of 1:22 early in the third. Just 40 seconds after Ryan Smith made it 3-1 South East, Powell River’s Brent Shepheard scored, to get the Regals back in the game. But, a quick penalty to Brandon Cummings negated the Regals’ momentum, and a powerplay goal from Kyle Luschinski iced the win.
The Powell River Regals ended the game 0-7 on the powerplay, while South East struck three times on the man advantage. South East outshot their opponents 44-27.
The Prairie Thunder will return to action on Tuesday afternoon, when they face the Dundas Real McCoys. The Regals have Tuesday off, before facing, Dundas on Wednesday.