Just 24 hours after suffering a heartbreaking 4-3 loss on home ice to the Guelph Storm in game three of the Ontario Hockey League final, the North Bay Battalion looked to rebound in game four on Wednesday night.
The Storm had other ideas, opening up a 3-0 lead through 20 minutes and cruising to a 10-1 win to take a commanding 3-1 series lead in the OHL championship.
The Storm can book their ticket to the 2014 Mastercard Memorial Cup in London, Ont with a win on home ice in game five on Friday night at the Sleeman Centre.
Scott Kosmachuk had a goal and three assists to pace the Storm offensively. Jason Dickinson had two goals and an assist while Pius Suter also had a pair of goals in the win. Also chipping in with three-point nights were Robby Fabbri (one goal, two assists), Kerby Rychel (one goal, 2 assists) and Zack Mitchell (three assists).Zac Leslie and Tyler Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist each while Nick Ebert set up a pair of goals. Matt Finn also scored for the Storm while goaltender Justin Nichols stopped 22 shots.
Nick Paul had the lone goal for the Battalion. Jake Smith got the start in goal, stopping 16 shots before being pulled after the seventh Guelph goal. Brendan O’Neill stopped 15 shots the rest of the way.
In the Quebec League, Felix Girard scored at 14:41 of overtime to give the Baie-Comeau Drakkar a 4-3 win over the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The series is now tied at two as it shifts to Baie-Comeau for game five on Friday night.
Jeremy Gregoire, Alexandre Ranger and Denis Gorbunov also scored for the Drakkar in the win while goaltender Philippe Cadorette stopped 39 shots.
Anthony Mantha had a pair of goals for Val-d’Or while Anthony Richard also scored. Goaltender Antoine Bibeau stopped 46 shots in a losing effort.
In the Western League, after picking up a 3-2 win on home ice 24 hours earlier, the Edmonton Oil Kings evened up the WHL final with the Portland Winterhawks at two games apiece with a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.
Goaltender Tristan Jarry made 26 saves for the Oil Kings in the win. Curtis Lazar and Mitchell Moroz scored for Edmonton.
Portland goaltender Corbin Boes stopped 35 shots in the loss.
Game five is Friday night in Portland.
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