2018 SHL Finals – Game 4

QUEBEC TIGRES 3, ANCHORAGE IGLOOS 0

In a lot of ways, it was a victory for the Quebec Tigres to make it to their first-ever SHL Finals.  For a team that had never even finished above .500 before, having a shot at the Vandy was a remarkable achievement.  However, it look as though their trip to the Finals would be a short one after the Anchorage Igloos won the first three games of the series, including two in Quebec’s building.

Facing a must-win game on enemy ice, the Tigres needed someone to step up and be a hero.  Goalie Riki Tiktuunen answered the call in Game 4, turning aside all 39 shots and helping Quebec stave off elimination with a 3-0 win.

“We are up off of the mat,” said Tigres coach Martin Delorme.  “And Riki is the one who lifted us up.”

“Riki was the star today,” agreed LW Walt Camernitz, who scored Quebec’s first goal.  “We all played a part, but he was the man today.”

The famously reticent Tiktuunen declined to claim credit for the win, insisting that it was a team effort.  “Everything that we do, win or lose, we do as a team,” the goalie said.  “I cannot win a game on my own.  We had a great defense, and we got excellent goals too.  I was just helping out.”

Through the first couple of periods, Tiktuunen had a point, as Quebec’s defense was in fine form, slowing down and frustrating Anchorage at virtually every turn.  Camernitz jammed home a rebound four minutes into the game, and the Tigres’ defense and Tiktuunen combined to make it stand up.  Through the first two stanzas, Quebec held the Igloos to 20 shots, almost none of them in high-danger areas.

“We were definitely playing our game, moving at a deliberate pace, keeping the crowd out of it,” said Camernitz.

When the score remained 1-0 at the second intermission, it brought back memories of Game 2.  In that contest, Anchorage came from behind and forced an overtime session, which they won.  The Igloos were clearly hoping for another third-period rally, and they managed to slip out of Quebec’s trap and rev up the pace dramatically in the final 20 minutes.  In that period, Tiktuunen really sparkled, making save after save and thwarting the Igloos’ sweep dreams.

In the opening minute of the period, C Jake Frost got loose on a breakaway and fired a laser beam of a shot at the top of the net, but Tiktuunen made a fabulous glove save to shut it down.  Later, on an odd man rush, RW Nicklas Ericsson tried to beat Tiktuunen on the stick-side; the Quebec netminder made a sprawling save, then sprung back up and turned aside a rebound attempt by Frost.  All in all, the Igloos fired 19 shots in the third period alone, and Tiktuunen stopped each one.

“He was practically turning backflips in the crease,” said RW Flint Robinson of his goalie.

With Tiktuunen taking care of business on the defensive end, Quebec was able to take advantage of the faster pace and put the game away.  RW Sindri Pentti, who has been largely invisible in this series, bulled his way in front of the net and deflected a shot from D Doug Wesson over Anchorage goalie Ty Worthington to take a two-goal lead early in the period.  Four and a half minutes later, a neutral-zone turnover by Igloos D Willy Calligan sprung a rare Tigres jailbreak; LW Stellan Fisker finished by slipping the puck between Worthington’s pads to make it 3-0.

Delorme was pleased at the way his team stared down defeat and didn’t blink.  “We showed a lot of heart and courage today, from Riki on down,” the coach said.  “We still have a lengthy road to travel, but this is a strong first step.”

The Igloos, meanwhile, remain confident that they will be able to close out the series quickly.  “I mean, a sweep would have been nice, but we weren’t expecting it,” said Frost.  “We’ve got another one at home, and we can go ahead and wrap this up and embrace the Vandy.”

Final - Game 4, Quebec @ Anchorage, Arctic Circle Arena

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

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

Camernitz       LW     1   0   1   2   1   Koons           LW     0   0   0   0  -1
Workman         D      0   0   0   2   0   Keefe           D      0   0   0   4   0
Zarkovich       C      0   0   0   0   1   Frost           C      0   0   0   0  -1
McKinley        D      0   0   0   0   0   Martinsson      D      0   0   0   2  -1
Mirac           RW     0   1   1   0   1   Ericsson        RW     0   0   0   0  -1
Fisker          LW     1   0   1   0   1   Collins         LW     0   0   0   0  -1
Ilyushin        C      0   0   0   0   1   Pomfret         D      0   0   0   0   0
Jones           D      0   1   1   0   1   Bernard         C      0   0   0   0  -1
Robinson        RW     0   0   0   0   1   Frederick       D      0   0   0   0  -1
MacDiarmid      LW     0   0   0   0   1   Miranda         LW     0   0   0   0  -1
Pugliese        D      0   1   1   0   2   Citrone         D      0   0   0   0  -2
Kalashnikov     D      0   0   0   0   2   Zhlotkin        C      0   0   0   0  -1
Pentti          RW     1   0   1   0   1   Calligan        D      0   0   0   0  -2
Miller          C      0   0   0   0   1   Summers         RW     0   0   0   0  -1
Wesson          D      0   1   1   2   1   Bellmore        C      0   0   0   0  -1
----------------------------------------   ----------------------------------------
TOTALS                 3   4   7   6   3   TOTALS                 0   0   0   6  -3

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

 
Quebec              SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Tiktuunen           39    39    0  1.000

Anchorage           SH    SV    G    Sv%
----------------------------------------
Worthington         28    25    3  0.893

 

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

GOALS:
03:54  QUE  Camernitz (Mirac)

PENALTIES:
08:04  QUE  Workman 2:00 (Slashing)
14:37  QUE  Wesson 2:00 (Elbowing)

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

GOALS:
None


PENALTIES:
11:32  ANC  Keefe 4:00 (Unsportsmanlike Conduct)

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

GOALS:
02:23  QUE  Pentti (Wesson, Jones)
06:52  QUE  Fisker (Pugliese)

PENALTIES:
07:15  QUE  Camernitz 2:00 (Interference)
11:44  ANC  Martinsson 2:00 (Interference)


 
SHOTS
------
                   1   2   3   OT   F
Quebec             7   7  14       28
Anchorage          9  11  19       39

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

Quebec           0 for 2
Anchorage        0 for 3

 
INJURIES
--------

None
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