Game 4, Sunday, April 2, 3:45 – Cody Banks Arena
Game 4 deviated from the first 3 games as the Vipers dominated the Metros from the opening faceoff. The Metros could only muster up 12 shots all game at the Vipers goalie Noah Visser while the Vipers directed 32 at Metros goalie Matt Jelley. Carson MacKay opened the scoring on a pass from Nick Reeves at 10:14 into the first period. The Vipers would add to their lead with 3:04 remaining in the period on a goal by Brett Ballum, assisted by Ethan Beaulieu and Luke Payne. Just 5:22 into the second period, Reese Wyand added to the Vipers lead on a shot from the slot, assisted by Carson MacKay. With 9:21 remaining in the second period, Ryan Richards would knock the puck in behind Jelley in a net front scramble. This goal was assisted by Max Sentner and Duncan Picketts. The second period would end 4-0 for the Vipers, and the shots after the second period were 20-10 for the vipers. In the third period, the Ethan Beaulieu would add to the Vipers lead on a goal assisted by Carson MacKay and Reese Wyand. In the last 3 minutes the Metros got themselves into penalty troubles and the Vipers took full advantage to send a message they want the IJHL Title by adding 3 more goals in the last 2:24. Goals by Ryader Howatt, Jesse Blanchard, and Rankin Noye as well as assists from Cody MacCormack, Brett MacDonald, Ryder Howatt, and Carson MacDougall.
With the 8-0 drubbing of the Metros, the Vipers take a 3 games to 1 lead in the best of 7 finals. Game 5 will be Friday, April 7, at Credit Union Centre in Kensington at 7:45 pm.
The last two games had 50/50 winnings over $350.00 as the crowds are getting big. With the chance the Moase Plumbing and Heating Vipers could win the title, there should be a large crowd on hand on Good Friday. Should the A & S Scrap Metal Metros win on Friday, game 6 will be played at Cody Banks Arena in Sherwood on Sunday at 7:00 pm.