On Wednesday, May 3, 1360 Elmira fans were packed into the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena to see if their Sugar Kings could win their fourth Sutherland Cup.  They went home disappointed. The Nationals finally solved Reinhart in goal and left with a 6-4 win in their back pocket bringing the series back to London for game five on Friday night.  Elmira leads the series 3-1.

Paced by a pair of goals from Max Vinogradov and Brandon Glover the Nats never trailed in the game leading 1-0 after one period and 2-1 after two periods.  Vinogradov (10) got London off to a great start when he and Ethan Nother weaved a little magic on a perfectly executed give-and-go 2-on-1 just 66 seconds into the match.

Tyler McBay (2) tied the game at 1-1 on a powerplay at 8:04 of the second period with a screened shot through traffic.  Vinogradov (11) put the Nationals up 2-1 at 15:23 on another 2-on-1 with Adam Sinclair when Vinogradov elected to shoot instead of passing.  London would never relinquish the lead.

The two clubs combined for 7 goals in the third period.  Glover (13) converted on another 2-on-1 to give London a 3-1 lead just 17 seconds into the period.  Glover (14) potted his second of the game at 4:31 on a powerplay with a tremendous individual effort as he stickhandled through the Elmira defenders.  Elmira cut the lead to 4-2 at 9:23 when Ethan Skinner (14) capitalized with an unassisted marker from a London turnover at the sideboards.  Jake Brown (14) put a scare into London by cutting their lead to 4-3 at 12:48 on a powerplay with a shot from the centre point position.  Austin Kemp (14) gave London a little breathing room with a goal that would stand up to be the game winner at 17:49 when he finished off another London 2-on-1 from an Elmira turnover at their blueline to put the Nats up 5-3.  Klayton Hoelscher (10) scored an extra attacker goal with a dart from the faceoff dot with 46 seconds remaining in regulation time.  Brenden Trottier (5) sealed the deal with an empty net marker with 10 seconds left.

Despite giving up four goals Cameron Zanussi had his best game of the series in goal for the Nats.  He made many key saves in the first two periods while Jonathan Reinhart, who was the outstanding player in the first three games, looked human and was unable to come up with the big save when Elmira needed them, particularly on the four London goals scored on odd-man rushes.  Elmira outshot London 39-33.  London was 1 for 5 on the powerplay while Elmira was 2 for 9.

David Honsberger

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