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Red Wings win in OT to stay alive

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/23/2018 7:40 AM

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Jon Lawrence scored a powerplay goal 3:36 into overtime to give the Grunthal Red Wings a massive 7-6 victory over the Ste. Anne Aces Thursday night in Grunthal to stay alive in the Carillon Senior Hockey League championship series.

The Aces, gunning for their third straight CSHL crown, still lead the final series 3-2. The teams will go at again in game six Sunday afternoon at Ste. Anne.

After Grunthal won game one of the series 5-3, the Aces stormed back to win the next three in decisive fashion, outsoring the Red Wings 20-8 in those three games.

Thursday's game was a see-saw battle, an end to end thriller with so much on the line. In the previous two games the Aces jumped out to big leads early and the Red Wings never recovered. The tables were turned in last night's game as the Red Wings bolted out to a quick 3-0 lead in this high-scoring affair.

Grunthal led 3-1 after the first, but with three unanswered in the second, the Aces went up 4-3 after 40 minutes. There was a couple of more lead changes in the third in this tense affair, before Jason Frykas, with his second of the game, and with goaltender Caden Unger at the bench in favour of an extra attacker, tied it for the Red Wings with only 30 seconds remaining in regulation to send this game into overtime as the Aces were on the cusp of yet another championship celebration.

Getting the other Grunthal goals were Brody Kornelsen, Tim Plett, Gavin Froese and Kyle Lundale. Replying for the Aces were Tanner Harms with a pair, along with singles from Patrick Normandeau, Miguel Rondeau, Justin Tremblay and Keith Grondin.

Game time for game six Sunday afternoon at Ste. Anne is 2:30 p.m. If a seventh and deciding game is required, it will be played Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at Grunthal.

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