Blazers battle in championship

By Jamie Harkins

March 21, 2017 12:00 AM

LOOKING FOR A REBOUND G Force Diesel goaltender Shayne Thompson watches the puck slide across her crease while a group of Wizard Well players crash the net. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The game couldn’t have ended any other way.
The Lloydminster peewee G Force Diesel Blazers came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to beat the Lloydminster Wizard Well Servicing Blazers 3-2 at the Servus Sports Centre’s Robert B. Holmes Memorial Arena on Sunday. The win ties the cross-town rivals best-of-three East Central Alberta Female Hockey League (ECAFHL) championship series at one game apiece with the deciding tilt set for Wednesday evening.
“We are the better team,” said Wizard Well Servicing centre Keanna Rorke. “If we played just a little bit harder today I think we really could have beat them. It’s just they capitalized on our mistakes and we didn’t capitalize on theirs.”
G Force Diesel forward Harper Krauss potted both the 2-2 marker and the game winner in the final six-and-a-half minutes of the third period. Krauss scored her first goal only 16 seconds after Nicole Peregrym gave Wizard Well Servicing the lead and notched her second on a breakaway with 2:43 remaining.
“I just shot the puck hoping it would go in,” said Krauss. “I was aiming top corner and it went there, surprisingly.”
The G Force Diesel and Wizard Well Servicing have had a running battle all season in an effort to determine which club is the best in the ECAFHL.
Wizard Well Servicing (15-1-4) finished tops in the league with their sole loss and three of their four ties coming against the second-place G Force Diesel (13-2-5).
Each club earned a first-round bye in the ECAFHL playoffs before knocking off two straight wins in the second round to sweep their way into the finals. The Wizard Well Servicing opened the championship series on Saturday afternoon with a come-from-behind 5-4 win.
“We’re both really good teams and they’re one of our toughest competitors,” said G Force Diesel centre Lindsey Wakefield. “I thought it was going to go three games.”
Kaylee Hill, a defenceman for G Force Diesel, said they’ll need steady on-ice communication, tape-to-tape passes and a full 60 minutes of hard work to pull off the championship victory on Wednesday.
“If we don’t make any more mistakes and score a few goals,” countered Rorke, “we’ll win the game and win the series.”

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