It’s down to one game for the Eastern Hockey League championship. The Central Division champion Connecticut Oilers overcame a 40-save performance by Northern Cyclones’ goalie Jimmy Poreda Tuesday afternoon for a 3-1 win at SoNo Ice House that squared the best-of-five series at two games each.
The defending champion Cyclones will host Game Five tonight at 6 p.m. at Cyclones Arena in Hudson, NH. The winner advances to this weekend’s four-team USA Hockey Tier III Junior Nationals to be held at The International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury.
New Plymouth State commit Ludvig Steenberg staked the Oilers to a 1-0 lead with a power play goal at 16:32 of the first period, assisted by Alex Wilkinson and Nick Jermain.
Joe Pizzimenti gave the Oilers a 2-0 lead at 2:49 of the second period, cashing in a set-up from Kevin Robinson and Jim Buckingham. However, the Cyclones’ Nick Felan matched that less than four minutes later with Joey Meehan and Alex Lefave drawing the assists.
The Oilers protected that one-goal lead deep until the third period when Sebastian Foster cemented the win, making it 3-1 with 2:35 to play. Pizzimenti and Todd Jackson had the assists. Meanwhile, Oilers’ goalie Michael Tilford turned back 33 shots.
(Scoring Summary courtesy of EHL)
|Connecticut Oilers – Ludvig Steenberg (power play) (Alex Wilkinson, Nick Jermain) 16:32|
|Connecticut Oilers – Joe Pizzimenti (Kevin Robinson, Jim Buckingham) 2:49
Northern Cyclones – Nick Felan (Joey Meehan, Alec Lefave) 6:29
|Connecticut Oilers – Sebastian Foster (Joe Pizzimenti, Todd Jackson) 17:25|