By Robert Murray/Fort McMurray Today
The Spruce Grove Saints gave the Fort McMurray Oil Barons a rough reminder of who they were playing in the North Division final on Friday night.
The Saints scored three times in the second period and twice in the third to crush the MOB by a final score of 5-2.
After a scoreless first period, Tyler Busch kicked off the scoring 1:43 into the middle frame to put the Saints ahead by one. The Oil Barons weren’t able to even up the game until the 15:26 mark of the frame when Ryan Bloom found the back of the net on the power play to even up the game.
The Saints put the game out of reach in the final minute of the period as Jarid Hauptman and Carson Samoridny scored 45 seconds apart to give the Saints a 3-1 lead after forty minutes.
In his first game back from injury, Luc Lalor scored in the third period but it wasn’t enough as his goal was bookended by markers from Dylan Hollman and Jake Mykituk that ended any chance of a comeback.
While both goaltenders kept their respective team in the game at various points, Tanner Jaillet faced a heavier workload than Saints netminder Kenny Cameron. The Saints outshot the MOB 43-28 in the game.
The shot total was the highest amount of action Jaillet has faced in a single game this season. The previous high was 42 shots in a game against the Okotoks Oilers on Oct. 26, 2013.
The MOB still lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and will get a chance to eliminate the Saints on Sunday night at the Casman Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m.
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