Down but not out the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks live to play another day.
In a Game 3 thriller on Wednesday night in Fairview, the Canucks staved off elimination with a 4-2 win over the Flyers, forcing the quarter-final series back to Dawson Creek for a Game 4.
Tied at two late in the third period, forward Colton Gies jumped the Canucks’ boards on a delayed Flyers’ penalty to bury home a loose puck in the slot, beating a sprawling C.J. Wass in net.
Gies' goal would later hold up as the game-winner as teammate Kyler Krantz would seal the win on an empty-netter with 40 seconds left.
While Krantz had his best game of the postseason, it was Canucks rookie goaltender, Colten Anderson, that played the game of his life.
Anderson got the call in net and made the most of it, stopping 33 of 35 Flyers’ shots to give his team a chance to extend the series.
Before Wednesday’s game, Canucks head coach Eric Fulton said the Canucks had to desperately find some offence after scoring just once in the series’ previous two games, where they lost 5-1 and 3-0.
From the sounds of it the ‘Nucks offence was in synch right from puck drop.
Just over two minutes in, Krantz tipped home his first of the evening on a Spencer Gover point shot while on the man-advantage.
The Flyers would tie things at 1-1 when Flyers’ Sheldon Dionne unleashed a point shot that found the back of the net at the 9:55 mark of the first.
Canucks captain Riley Muise would return the lead back to Dawson Creek, scoring the only goal of the second on an unassisted marker at 3:26 of the period.
The Flyers again drew even in the third, solving Anderson five minutes into the final frame, but that’s all Anderson would allow as he shut the door the rest of the way.
Dawson Creek now has the chance to even the series on home ice when it returns to Memorial Arena on Friday.