STONEY CREEK – Derek Medeiros led the Brantford Blast to a 3-1 series lead against the Stoney Creek Generals Sunday with a four goal performance in Brantford’s 5-4 OT win in Stoney Creek.
After Brantford’s Chris Rebernik tied the game and sent it into OT, assisted by Cam Sault, Medeiros scored his fourth of the game at 2:48, assisted by Joel Prpic.
The Generals outshot Brantford 10-8 in the first period but Brett Leggat stopped them all while Medeiros scored all three goals of the period.
Stoney Creek regrouped and launched a counter offensive in the second period erasing Brantford’s 3-0 lead with goals scored by Mike Ruberto, Dylan Gilbert and Matthew Reynolds.
The Generals put up a strong attack throughout the game, giving the Blast a lot to deal with at both ends of the ice.
Stoney Creek’s Tony Iaquinto scored early in the third and held the one goal edge until Sault found Rebernik and sent him in on the Generals’ goal to move the game into overtime, where Medeiros worked his magic to win it. Medieros and teammate Joel Prpic each have eight points in the first four games of the playoffs followed by Sault and Mike Burgoyne each with seven points.
The series goes back to Brantford, for Game #5, Friday March 13th at 7:30.
CUTLINE: Brantford Blast scoring machine Derek Medeiros scored four goals including the game winner, in Game #4 of the Allan Cup Hockey semi-finals Sunday in Stoney Creek. The Blast lead the series 3-1 with the next game slated for this Friday night at the Civic Centre in Brantford. Photo by Jim Windle