SOURIS – The Southside Lynx proved it’s not how a team starts a game, but how they finish it that is important.
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Facing elimination on the road, the Lynx fell behind the Souris Hawks 3-0 before the game was two-minutes-old, but answered back with six unanswered goals for a 6-3 win. That win, combined with an 8-3 victory on Saturday night, ties the best-of-five semifinal series in the Razzy’s P.E.I. Junior C Hockey League at 2-2. The fifth and deciding game is scheduled for the South Shore Actiplex in Crapaud on Wednesday at 8:20 p.m.
Lynx 6 Hawks 3
At the Eastern Kings Sportsplex in Souris, Darcy Nicholson, JD Farrell and Mark McKenna staked the Hawks to the early lead.
The Lynx got one goal back before the first intermission, and then tied the game 3-3 in the second period.
Colton Dawson’s second goal of the game 38 seconds into the third period proved to be the winner. Power-play goals by Andy Murphy (10:32) and Rob Miller (18:51), who capped a three-goal performance into an empty net, sealed the win.
Dylan Garnhum earned the goaltending win over Kelton Ellis. Southside outshot Souris 40-25.
Lynx 8 Hawks 3
At the South Shore Actiplex, Colton Dawson scored twice while Murphy and Cody Dawson each had a goal and two assists to lead the regular-season-champion Lynx. Marshall Thomas (1-1), Joel MacIsaac, Greg Beckingham and Chron MacVittie also lit the lamp for the Crapaud-based Lynx.
Farrell (2) and TJ Donahue countered for the Hawks.
Winning goaltender was Dylan Garnhum, who finished with 31 saves and also added an assist. Souris goaltender Seth Nicholson gave up five goals on 18 shots in 38 minutes of action, and Ellis stopped 13 of 16 shots in 22 minutes.