CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Chris Smith backstopped the Campbell River Storm to a 4-2 win against the Victoria Cougars before 1,188 fans at Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The win by Campbell River forces a seventh and deciding game.
After allowing six goals in his last two starts, Smith bounced back with a 28 save performance.
Aaron Brewer led the Storm offensively with a pair of assists.
Campbell River led 3-0 before the Cougars pulled to within a goal late in the third period.
Scoring for the Storm were Sheldon Brett, Colin Blake, Dylan McCann, and Ben Raffler.
Victoria squandered a two-man advantage for a full two minutes midway through the second period when Blake was sent off the ice for high-sticking and Raffler for slashing. The score was 0-0 at the time of the penalties.
Owen Dalman, who scored on a penalty shot, and Dom Kolbeins replied in a losing cause.
With 66 seconds remaining in regulation, Raffler put the icing on the cake with his second goal of the series and third of the postseason.
Anthony Ciurro stopped 30 shots in the loss.
Both teams were perfect on the penalty kill with the Cougars going 0-for-4 and Campbell River finishing 0-for-2.
Game 7 goes Sunday afternoon in Victoria. Game time at Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.
The winner advances to the Cyclone Taylor Cup.
BAYVIEW PLACE STARS OF THE GAME:
1st star, Dylan McCann (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
2nd star, Sheldon Brett (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)
3rd star, Brayden McCartney (Goals: 0, Assists: 0)