Fort St. John was unable to close out the 2011 McKenzie Cup in game four.
There was no comeback magic in the tournament’s fourth game, as the Generals, facing a must win situation, beat the Flyers 5-1, forcing the entire tournament to be decided in a final game five.
Special teams were a significant factor in the first period. The Flyers, who were awarded two power plays in the first ten minutes of the game, were unable to capitalize on either opportunity.
The same can not be said for the Generals, who scored game four’s opening goal on their first power play of the game, thanks to a Joe Vandermeer point shot, beating a screened Clayton Pool. Once again, Fort St. John found themselves playing from behind, as the first period would end with a 1-0 score in favor of the Generals.
In the second period, the Generals would extend their lead to two, thanks to defenseman Don Morrison. Morrison snuck in from the point and was the recipient of a nice backdoor pass, scoring his second goal of the tournament, bring the score to 2-0 for Bentley.
Bentley would increase their lead before the end of the second, as Scott Doucette scored high blocker on Pool with only 1:52 remaining in the period. Doucette’s goal would give the Generals a 3-0 lead heading into the third.
The Flyers, desperate for an early goal in the third, got exactly what they needed thanks to their Captain. Only 1:12 into the frame, Dave Alexander scored on a wrap-around goal, scoring the Flyers first goal of game four, making it a 3-1 game.
With the next goal having the utmost of importance, it would be the Generals who would score next, restoring their three goal lead. After Fort St. John was unable to clear their zone, Darryl Laplante would score with 12:24 left in the third period, making it a 4-1 game for Bentley.
Bentley kept the pressure coming, scoring yet another goal in the third. Daryl Laplante scored his second of the period high glove on Clayton Pool, giving Bentley a 5-1 lead in game four. The goal resulted in Clayton Pool being pulled from the game, giving Troy Hunt his first taste of the 2011 McKenzie Cup.
With Bentley’s emphatic win in game four, the 2011 McKenzie Cup will come down to one game on Monday night, with the game beginning at 6 p.m. Catch all the live action on 100.1 Moose FM and tune into the pre-game show at 5:45.