The Carman Beavers scored seven unanswered goals with Nathan Karlowsky's second-period goal being the game-winner in a 7-2 win over the Altona Maroons in game one of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's best-of-seven final.
"I got the pass, I think it was McIntosh. I looked up and tried to get a quick snapper on net. I was looking low glove and that's where it went."
Altona got off to a perfect road start, scoring the games first two goals. Dane Crowley scored both with the first one coming just over seven minutes into the game. Mitch Doell and Craig Neufeld picked up the assists on the goal. The second one for Crowley was at 13:07, on the powerplay. It was a shot from the point that had eyes and found the top corner past Beavers netminder Steve Christie who made 30 saves in the win.
"If we get a lead we can't be complacent with how we are playing," said Maroons captain Craig Neufeld. "We have to make sure that we keep going, because they have some guys who can put the puck in our net."
Before the period was over Carman shook off the rust and tied the game up by scoring a pair of goals :11 seconds apart to end of the opening twenty. First, it was Ryan McIntosh finding the back of the net with Brock Vanderveen and Dustin Bruyere picking up the assists. Then off the draw, the Beavers took possession rushed the puck down the ice where Laurent Benjamin took a centering feed in front of the Maroons goal and walked around Maroons goaltender Jayme Janzen and slid the puck into the open cage and we were all tied up at two.
"I think that really made a difference going into the second period and kind of created momentum for the rest of the game," said Beavers coach Brett Dow when asked about his team scoring two late in the first.
Janzen turned aside 32 of the 39 shots he faced in the loss.
Karlowsky scored the lone goal of the middle period to put the Beavers up for good.
In the third Darren Bestland, Aaron Lewadniuk, Mitch O'Brien, and Maloney scored to increase the Beavers lead to 7-2.
Game two of this series goes Thursday night in Altona with puck drop at 8 p.m.
"We know the dancing around game isn't our game. We have to bring it for sixty minutes. Get in on their defence and cause them to have some turnovers, get traffic in front of the net and get lots of shots," said Neufeld. "That's how we started this game and that's how we have to play for sixty minutes every game."