Road Warriors Win Game Three in Overtime
Greenville, SC: Sean Berkstresser scored 1:59 into overtime on Wednesday night to give the Road Warriors a 2-1 series lead against the Kalamazoo Wings.
Both teams had early power plays in the game but were held off the score sheets during the man advantages. Greenville out chanced Kalamazoo but the Wings led in shots on goal 9-6 during the scoreless first period.
Marcc-Olivier Vallerand scored his second goal of the playoffs 5:11 into the second period with a wrist shot that blew past goaltender Joel Martin. The goal was assisted by Andrew Rowe and Andrew Himelson. After the goal, the game's physicality intensified and created big hits with a fast pace during the remainder of the period. The Road Warriors peppered Martin with 18 shots during the period. Jason Missiaen stopped 15 during the second frame to hold a 1-0 lead heading into the third period.
During the first stages of the third period, the Road Warriors were able to keep the Wings offense at bay. Kalamazoo, however, tied the game with under five minutes left in the third period. Nick Sirota scored after backing into Missiaen for his first of the playoffs. Matt Firman and Ryan Del Monte assisted on the goal which forced the sudden death overtime period.
After a quick opportunity just seconds into overtime, Kalamazoo was forced deep into their zone. Michael St. Croix drove a puck on net which a battle ensued. Berkstresser dug a loose puck into the net to end the game and give the Road Warriors a 2-1 win. It was the forward's first goal of the playoffs. Missiaen stopped 35 saves to earn his second playoff win.
The Road Warriors Drive to the Kelly Cup presented by the Greenville News returns Friday at 7 p.m. to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for Game Four of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs. BLEED BLUE! Rally towels will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. The game can be heard live by clicking on the listen live link on the Road Warriors homepage or by watching via America One.
Single game tickets to the first round of the 2014 ECHL Playoffs are on sale now. The Road Warriors will take on the Kalamazoo Wings on Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th. Puck drop for the Warriors home playoff games is 7 p.m. Group tickets for 15 or more people can be purchased for as low as $7! To learn more about group pricing, call a Road Warriors Ticket Account Representative at 864.674.PUCK!
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