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St. Paul Canadiens tie series with triple overtime win

It took six periods of play but the Canadiens have tied their playoff series against the Vermilion Tigers 2-2. The teams will meet up in Vermilion tonight for Game 5.

ST. PAUL - It was a packed house at the Clancy Richard Arena on Friday night in St. Paul as the St. Paul Canadiens took on the Vermilion Tigers in Game 4 of the second round of NEAJBHL playoffs, tying the series 2-2 after a lengthy six periods of play.

After a busy first period that started with the Canadiens scoring three unanswered goals - the first from Jacob Leroux, the second from Kurtis Labant, and the third from William Chemago - the Tigers would turn the tables and score three unanswered goals of their own before the period was over.

Goals for the Tigers were credited to Deven Culford, Josh Hogman, and Brody Weitzel.

The Canadiens grabbed the lead in the second period with a second goal from Chemago. But near the halfway mark of the period, the Tigers would tie things up at 4-4, thanks to a goal from Conner Roscoe. 

The third period would see plenty of opportunity but neither team could find the net, forcing overtime. A second overtime period would be required, and then a third before the Canadiens' were able to pull off the win and tie the series.

The game winning goal came courtesy Matthew McDonald, unassisted. Goalie Ethin Campbell got the win with 45 saves on 49 shots in over 92 minutes of play.

The Canadiens will head to Vermilion Saturday night for Game 5 of the competitive series, hoping to grab another win and pull ahead in the series. 

The Killam Wheat Kings and Wainwright Bisons are working through the second series of playoff also, with that series also ties 2-2 heading into Saturday's Game 5.


Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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