The Stony Plain Eagles punched their ticket to the Allan Cup tournament in the most unlikely fashion.
The Eagles downed the host Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs 4-1 Saturday to win the best-of-seven provincial senior AAA hockey semifinal 4-3, impressive considering Stony Plain trailed 3-0 at one point in the series.
Justin Cox tallied twice and Scott Gillis and Tylor Kellor also scored for the winners, who got a 30-save performance from Wade Waters. Mike Fiorillo potted the lone goal for the Chiefs, who got a 27-save outing from Blake Grenier.
Stony Plain pulled out a 3-2 win Saturday over the visiting Chiefs, as Blair Hennes, Jeff Yopyk and Doug Auchenberg notched unanswered goals within a four-minute span of the third period. Joshua Garneau and Trevor Kordyban had staked Fort Saskatchewan to a 2-0 lead.
Waters stopped 32 shots for the Eagles, while Chiefs netminder Jim Watt made 31 saves.
The Eagles will face the Bentley Generals in the best-of-seven provincial AAA final. Both clubs are guaranteed of a berth in the Allan Cup tournament, being hosted by the Generals April 15-20 at the Red Deer Arena.