The Twisters season came to an end Wednesday night in heartbreaking fashion as the Jets beat them 4 to 3 in double overtime to take the series 4 to 2 and move onto the finals.
Van De Velde would set the tone early laying a huge open ice hit on one of the Jets players coming across the blue line with his head down. But it would be the Jets who controlled play for the first half of the period before the Twisters started to gain more zone time, and create more shots towards the Jets net. The Twisters would go on their first power play with 5:52 left in the first, but would fail to create much on it. Kohlman would make two key point blank saves late in the first on Muir and Faulkner as we would remain scoreless after the first. Shots in the period were 16 to 9 for the Jets.
Early in the second the Twisters would strike first as Hadley found a way to pull the puck past the defender and showed some great hands in tight roofing the puck over the goalies shoulder. The lead would be short lived though as just a couple minutes later the Jets would get the goal back as Muir threw the puck towards the front of the net and Faulkner redirect it by the glove of Kohlman to tie it 1-1. The Jets would then get their first opportunity with the man advantage and would waste no time as right off the draw a shot from the point found its way onto Doak's stick and Kohlman would extend the pad for the first save but Doak would get the rebound and fire it into the top of the net to make it 2-1 for the Jets. The Twisters would then get a chance of their own on the power play, which again the Jets would kill off, but shortly after the penalty ended Tetrault would kick a puck in the slot to his stick and showcase his quick release firing it over Ploszay's pad to tie it again 2-2. With five minutes left in the second the Twisters would go on their third power play of the game and finally they would solve the Jets penalty kill as Mirrlees would bang in his own rebound in front of the net to give the Twisters the lead back 3-2. That's how the second period would end as shots in the frame were 20 to 12 for the Twisters.
Just over five minutes into the third period the Twisters would take a penalty to put the Jets up a man but would get a huge penalty kill to keep the score 3-2. However they would not come away unscathed as Twisters d-man Szeremely came off the ice favouring his shoulder and would not return. The Twisters would hold off the Jets relentless attack for most of the period, with Kohlman making numerous critical saves, but late in the period Faulkner would get the puck right off the draw and wire one off the crossbar and in over Kohlman's glove to tie it 3-3. Then with just over two minutes left in the period Mazinke would get called for a five minute major for a hit from behind, the Twisters would kill off just over half of the penalty to end the third, but would still be down a man to start overtime for two minutes and twenty five seconds. Shots in the period were 16 to 9 for the Jets.
In the first overtime period the Twisters would kill off the rest of the five minute major as the penalty kill unit came up huge for them. The rest of the period was a battle back and forth by both teams for every inch on the ice, and the goalies stood tall as the first overtime would come to an end with the teams still tied 3-3 after a goal scored by the Jets at the end of the period was waived off due to time expiring before it entered the net. Shots in the ten minute overtime period were 9 to 5 for the Jets.
In the second overtime period the Twisters would go almost six minutes before registering their first shot, but again Kohlman was a brick wall in goal stopping everything thrown his way. Both teams were starting to show signs of fatigue from this gruelling series that has been a battle right from game one, giving everything they had left in the tank. But with twelve minutes left in the period the Twisters would take a penalty and go down a man but again their penalty kill would come up big when they needed them and kill it off. With seven minutes left the Twisters would be forced to try and kill a penalty off yet again, and fighting for their season once again they would do it. The Twisters would come alive and create some chances late but could not find the back of net, and with under a minute left in the period Faulkner would get the puck alone in the slot and fire it high over Kohlman's blocker to end the series and the Twisters season in heartbreaking fashion. Shots in the period were 17 to 10 for the Jets.
Finals shots were 70 to 53 for the Jets. Faulkner had a hat trick and Doak scored the other goal for the Jets. Hadley, Tetrault, and Mirrlees scored the goals for the Twisters.
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