2015 SHL Finals – Game 4

Washington SmallAnchorage SmallWASHINGTON GALAXY 4, ANCHORAGE IGLOOS 2

Do you believe in momentum?  The Washington Galaxy certainly do.  After rallying back from a 3-0 deficit against the Anchorage Igloos in Game 3 to tie it up before falling 4-3, the Galaxy looked strong today and roared to a 4-2 win that knotted the series at 2 games apiece.

“Are you believing in us yet?” said Galaxy LW Casey Thurman.  “Believe it.  Everything’s moving in our direction.  If Anchorage isn’t scared yet, they should be.”

Both teams came out somewhat sluggish in this game, as the Igloos seemed a bit back on their heels after the Galaxy’s stirring comeback in Game 3, while Washington seemed weary from a physical game.  “I think the jet lag from the trip from Alaska really hit us,” said Igloos C Jake Frost.  “I felt like I could have fallen asleep on my skates.”

Both teams struggled to fight through the fog for most of the first period, before Galaxy C J.C. Marais went 5-hole on Igloos netminder Ty Worthington in the waning minutes of the period to give Washington a 1-0 edge.

Just over a minute into the second period, RW Nori Takoyaki took advantage of a crisp pass from Marais and doubled the Galaxy’s advantage with a sharp-angle shot that fooled Worthington. “I don’t even know if he saw me over there,” said Takoyaki.  “To be honest, he seemed to be reacting a little slowly out there.”

After Takoyaki’s goal, Anchorage coach Sam Castor called timeout and reamed out his team for their uninspired play.  “They were sleepwalking out there, and I told them it had to stop,” said the Igloos boss.  “We can’t give games away in the championship.”

The team responded to Castor’s castigation, and stepped up their intensity.  Before the second period was over, the Igloos had tied the game on a slapshot from LW Les Collins and a power-play tip-in by LW Jerry Koons six minutes later.

Collins has emerged as something of a secret weapon for the Igloos in the Finals.  Although he scored only 9 goals in the regular season, this was his third playoff tally.  “Les is built for the playoffs,” said Frost.  “He’s not afraid to get dirty, dig in the corners or block shots, and he doesn’t shy from the postseason spotlight.”

Just as the Galaxy had done in the previous game, the Igloos were hoping to seize the momentum back with their stirring comeback.  Washington didn’t let the Igloos rally shake them, though.  Three and a half minutes into the third, Galaxy D Teddy Morrison poked a shot underneath Worthington’s right pad to take the lead.  Halfway through the period, C Drustan Zarkovich collected a pass from D Bill Corbett and added some insurance with a blast from the blue line that bounced off Worthington’s glove and into the net.

Galaxy G Roger Orion stoned a flurry of late Anchorage chances – recording 35 saves in all – and the Galaxy secured the win and evened the series.

“So, everybody still think we’re dead meat against these guys?” said Washington C Eddie Costello.  “I’ve had a chance to see [the Igloos] up close for four games now, and they’re not as scary as I thought.  We’re hanging with them, and I think it’s even money right now who wins it.  The next game is key.”


05/21/2016, SHL Finals Game 4
ANC vs. WSH, Constellation Center

                      1   2   3     T
Anchorage Igloos      0   2   0  -  2
Washington Galaxy     1   1   2  -  4



18:25  WSH   Marais (Anderson, Takoyaki)

7:47   ANC   Frederick, 2:00 (Cross-Checking)
13:22  WSH   Hogaboom, 2:00 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct)


1:07   WSH   Takoyaki (Marais, Camernitz)
7:17   ANC   Collins (Montrechere)
13:01  ANC   Koons PP (Ericsson, Frost)

12:33  WSH   Anderson, 2:00 (High-Sticking)


3:35   WSH   Morrison (Douglas, Pentti)
10:07  WSH   Zarkovich (Corbett, Douglas)



Anchorage          SH    SV    G    Sv%    TOI
Worthington (L)    37    33    4   .892  60:00

Washington         SH    SV    G    Sv%    TOI
Orion (W)          37    35    2   .946  60:00


              1   2   3     T
Anchorage     7  14  17  - 37
Washington   11  10  16  - 37


Anchorage  - 1 for 2
Washington - 0 for 1

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