2018 SHL Finals – Game 3

ANCHORAGE IGLOOS 3, QUEBEC TIGRES 1

After taking the first two games of these Finals on the road, the Anchorage Igloos came home to Arctic Circle Arena with a chance to take a stranglehold on the series.  They did just that, completely muzzling the Quebec Tigres and rolling to a 3-1 victory that puts them one win away from a clean sweep of the playoffs.

“This is a group that’s hungry for the title,” said Igloos LW Jerry Koons, who had a goal and an assist in today’s game.  “We’re all driven with one singular purpose: winning the Vandy.”

During the division playoff, the Igloos used frantic, fast-paced first periods to get early leads and set the tones.  The Tigres managed to frustrate those attempts in the first two games, but Anchorage successfully turned up the heat in this game, outshooting Quebec 15-7 in the opening frame.

The Tigres were set back on their heels early thanks to a couple of quick penalties.  They succeeded in killing both of them off, but Anchorage held the puck in the zone after the second penalty ended, pinning Quebec in its own end.  Goalie Riki Tiktuunen tried to fall on the puck to give his players a much-needed breather, but was unable to secure it.  The puck wound up on the stick of Koons, who drilled it home over the prone Tiktuunen to draw first blood.

A couple minutes later, the Igloos’ Les Collins and Ben Summers broke out on an odd-man rush.  After a couple back-and-forth passes, Collins fired a shot that tucked under the crossbar to make it 2-0.

“That was important for us, to get a fast start and get the crowd pumped up,” said Summers.

The Igloos managed to kill off a 5-on-3 situation later in the period and went to the locker room with their two-goal edge intact.  Less than a minute into the second, however, Broni Zhlotkin was whistled for diving, and Quebec needed only 10 second of power-play time for Rupert MacDiarmid to convert, cutting the deficit in half.

“This postseason has been a real showcase for Rupert,” said Tigres coach Martin Delorme.  “He has been a highlight for us.”

But Anchorage managed to virtually extinguish the Tigres’ offense after that.  Quebec would only record three more shots in the remainder of the period.  The Igloos didn’t accomplish this through trapping and slowing the pace of the game; rather, they maintained possession of the puck and skated past the Tigres.

When Tigres RW Sindri Pentti went off for tripping just before the halfway mark of the period, Igloos RW Nicklas Ericsson ripped a shot between Tiktuunen’s legs to restore Anchorage’s two-goal edge.  For the rest of the second period and all of the third, the Igloos maintained control of the game for long stretches, and the Tigres struggled to gain possession of the puck, much less to get shots off.  Quebec registered only four shots in the third period; for the game, they were outshot 37-15.

“Our guys just put on a clinic out there on playing with a lead,” said Igloos coach Sam Castor.  “We just controlled play and dominated the ice, and just slowly sucked the life out of them.”

As for the Tigres, they’ll need to win on enemy ice in Game 4 to avoid being swept, and they’ll need to win four in a row – including the next two in Anchorage – in order to win the series.  “We have dug ourselves into a very deep hole,” said Delorme.  “We have only one choice now if we’re going to win this.  It will not be easy, but it is the task we have left for ourselves.”

Final - Game 3, Quebec @ Anchorage, Arctic Circle Arena

                   1   2   3   OT   F
Quebec             0   1   0        1
Anchorage          2   1   0        3

 
Quebec                 G   A PTS PIM +/-   Anchorage              G   A PTS PIM +/-

Camernitz       LW     0   0   0   2  -1   Koons           LW     1   1   2   0   1
Workman         D      0   0   0   0   0   Keefe           D      0   1   1   0   0
Zarkovich       C      0   0   0   0  -1   Frost           C      0   0   0   0   1
McKinley        D      0   0   0   4   0   Martinsson      D      0   0   0   2   1
Mirac           RW     0   0   0   4  -1   Ericsson        RW     1   1   2   0   1
Fisker          LW     0   0   0   0  -1   Collins         LW     1   0   1   0   1
Ilyushin        C      0   0   0   0  -1   Pomfret         D      0   0   0   4   0
Jones           D      0   0   0   0  -1   Bernard         C      0   0   0   0   1
Robinson        RW     0   0   0   2  -1   Frederick       D      0   0   0   2   1
MacDiarmid      LW     1   0   1   0   0   Miranda         LW     0   0   0   0   0
Pugliese        D      0   0   0   0  -1   Citrone         D      0   1   1   0   1
Kalashnikov     D      0   0   0   0  -1   Zhlotkin        C      0   0   0   2   0
Pentti          RW     0   0   0   2   0   Calligan        D      0   0   0   4   1
Miller          C      0   0   0   0   0   Summers         RW     0   1   1   0   1
Wesson          D      0   1   1   0  -1   Bellmore        C      0   0   0   0   0
----------------------------------------   ----------------------------------------
TOTALS                 1   1   2  14  -2   TOTALS                 3   5   8  14   2

Scratches:
QUE:  Shovshenkov, Zhzhynov, Kane
ANC:  Montrechere (inj), Druzek, Trammell

 
Quebec              SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Tiktuunen           37    34    3  0.919

Anchorage           SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Worthington         15    14    1  0.933

 

First Period
------------

GOALS:
03:58  ANC  Koons (Ericsson)
05:54  ANC  Collins (Summers, Citrone)

PENALTIES:
00:32  QUE  McKinley 2:00 (Tripping)
01:08  QUE  Mirac 2:00 (Slashing)
06:41  QUE  Mirac 2:00 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct)
13:02  ANC  Pomfret 4:00 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct)
13:55  ANC  Martinsson 2:00 (Tripping)
18:14  ANC  Calligan 2:00 (Interference)

Second Period
-------------

GOALS:
01:02  QUE  MacDiarmid PP (Wesson)
09:33  ANC  Ericsson PP (Koons, Keefe)

PENALTIES:
00:52  ANC  Zhlotkin 2:00 (Diving)
02:18  QUE  McKinley 2:00 (Cross-checking)
09:25  QUE  Pentti 2:00 (Tripping)
13:10  QUE  Camernitz 2:00 (Interference)

Third Period
------------

GOALS:
None


PENALTIES:
00:10  ANC  Calligan 2:00 (Roughing)
10:54  ANC  Frederick 2:00 (Interference)
14:06  QUE  Robinson 2:00 (Holding the Stick)


 
SHOTS
------
                   1   2   3   OT   F
Quebec             7   4   4       15
Anchorage         15  11  11       37

 
POWER PLAYS
-----------

Quebec           1 for 6
Anchorage        1 for 7

 
INJURIES
--------

None
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