Dakota Mason and Trevor Mazurek each scored twice to lead the visiting Falher Pirates to a 5-2 win at Grande Prairie Feb. 23 to even their NPHL Semi-Final series 1-1.
FAL never trailed in the game, despite being outshot 52-20. FAL goaltender Chad Rycroft was brilliant making 48 saves as FAL retook the home ice advantage they lost after losing Game 1 by a score of 6-5.
Dallas Brochu opened the scoring in the first period only to have Morgan MacLean tie the game with three seconds left in the frame.
In the second, Mazurek scored the first of his two goals on the night at 5:15 but just 2:02 later Mackenzie Caron tied the game.
However, that would be it for GP as far as goal scoring goes.
Mason scored before the end of the period to give FAL a lead they would not surrender.
In the third, Mason and Mazurek scored in the final three minutes to send the Pirates home tied.
Each team was assessed 18 minutes in penalties in the game. Both teams were 0-for-6 on the power play.
Game 3 is at FAL on Tuesday night.
Pirates 5 at Athletics 2
Saturday, Feb. 23
[Series tied 1-1]
1. FAL, Dallas Brochu 8 (Jay Anderson, Dakota Mason) 4:39
2. GP, Morgan MacLean 2 (Mackenzie Caron, Parker Sharp) 19:57
Penalties: Dallas Brochu FAL (tripping) 2:30, Darren Brochu FAL (roughing) 7:06, Dan Aubin FAL and Chris Lanouettte GP (roughing) and Sheldon Hubbard GP (tripping) 10:02, Brennan Walker FAL (slashing) 17:24, Sheldon Hubbard GP (roughing) 18:44, Trevor Mazurek FAL (boarding) 19:48.
3. FAL, Trevor Mazurek 6 (Pat Rowan) 5:15
4. GP, Mackenzie Caron 1 (Tyrell Mason) 7:17
5. FAL, Dakota Mason 5 (Jay Anderson, Brian Sommers) 17:54
Penalties: Tyrell Mason GP (hooking) 00:12, Rollie Gladue FAL (slashing) 8:05, Chad Rycroft FAL and Joel Pelletier FAL and Devin Bell GP and Tyrell Mason GP (double roughing) 11:07, Sheldon Hubbard GP (roughing) 15:13, Trevor Mazurek FAL (boarding) 18:30.
6. FAL, Dakota Mason 6 (Darren Brochu) 17:22
7. FAL, Trevor Mazurek 7 (Pat Rowan, Joel Pelletier 18:46
Penalty: Darien Fay GP (cross-checking) 6:03.
Shots on goal:
Falher 9 14 7 -30
Grande Prairie 18 17 17 -52 Goaltenders: Pirates, Chad Rycroft; Athletics, Keifer Smiley.
Power Plays: FAL 0-6; GP 0-6.
Penalties in Minutes: FAL 18; GP 18.