CHARLOTETOWN – It’s all tied up, and is now a best of three.
Welcome to the Island Junior Hockey League championship series.
The Sherwood-Parkdale A&S Scrap Metal Metros edged the Arsenault’s Fish Mart Western Red Wings 4-3 on Sunday night to even the best-of-seven set 2-2. It was the second one-goal win in a row for the Metros, who won Game 3 in Abram-Village on Friday night by an identical 4-3 score.
The Metros will visit the Red Wings in a crucial Game 5 scheduled for the Evangeline Recreation Centre on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The Metros’ win also guarantees a sixth game will be played in Charlottetown on Thursday at 8 p.m. The winner of this series will represent P.E.I. at the Don Johnson Memorial Cup Atlantic junior B hockey championship in Sydney, N.S., at the end of this month.
At the Cody Banks Arena, Sam Walsh stopped 38 of 41 shots, including 18 in the third period, in earning the goaltending win. Bronson Banks made 23 saves on 26 shots for the Red Wings. The Metros scored their fourth goal into an empty net to go up 4-2, before the Red Wings got back to within one goal with seven seconds remaining.
Pat McGuigan (1-1), Nick Currie, Cale Pierce and Logan Toole scored for the Metros. Cody McPhee (2), Ryan Boswall, Jordan Birt, Jack Connell and Connor Gray chipped in with assists.
Jason Gallant (1-1), Chasse Gallant (1-1) and Braeden Stewart found the back of the net for the Red Wings, who won the first two games of the final 4-0 and 4-3. Helpers were credited to Calvin McRae, Nick Reeves and Cole Hackett.
The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period, and the Metros took a 2-1 advantage into the second intermission.