Sylvan Lake Admirals on the ropes
The Sylvan Lake Admirals are on the ropes.
The Admirals ventured into Bentley Saturday night and emerged on the wrong side of a 4-0 score, as the host Generals got two goals from Chris Neiszner and a 14-save shutout performance from Dan Bakala to grab a 3-0 lead in the provincial senior AAA hockey semifinal.
The fourth — and possibly final — game of the best-of-seven set is scheduled for Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex.
Don Morrison and Matt Stefanishion also tallied for the Generals, who fired 34 shots at Admirals netminder Andrew Williams.
Bentley took a 2-0 series lead Friday with a 5-2 win at Sylvan Lake. Scoring for the Generals were Neiszner, Jeremy Colliton, Travis Dunstall, Curtis Austring and Keenan Desmet, while Paul Mailey and Cody Esposito replied for the Admirals.
Bakala made 35 saves in the Bentley net. Williams stopped 42 shots in a losing cause.
Meanwhile, the Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs moved to within one win of advancing to the provincial final with a 3-2 win Saturday over the visiting Stony Plain Eagles.
Blair Manning and Brian Woolger notched third-period goals for the Chiefs, who lead the best-of-seven semifinal 3-0. Bryan Forslund also connected for Fort Saskatchewan, while the Eagles got goals from Tate Locke and Brandon Skinner.
Chiefs goaltender Jim Watt made 32 saves. Wade Waters blocked 26 shots for the Eagles.
The Chiefs prevailed 6-3 in Friday’s second game of the series, getting two goals from each of Dan Baum and Trevor Kordyban and singles off the sticks of Woolger and Jamie Marshall . Brandt Middleton, with two goals, and Blair Hennes scored for the host Eagles.
Blake Grenier stopped 36 shots for the winners. Waters made 27 saves at the other end.
The series continues Saturday at Stony Plain.