Aaron Markin supplied the offence and Wade Moyls took care of the rest for the Kamloops Storm Tuesday night at McArthur Island Sports Centre.
The towering tender recorded 44 saves to help his team avoid a first-round sweep from the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs with a 1-0 win over the North Okanagan Knights in Game 4.
“Kamloops did a very good job of keeping us to the outside and Moyls did a fantastic job of not giving up too many rebounds,” said Knights’ head coach Kris Mallette.
“They scored early. Perfect shot, bar-down with a good screen in front. We were kind of sitting on our heels as we have been in the first period for the entire series.”
The Knights entertained the Storm for Game 5 Thursday at Nor-Val Sports Centre. If necessary, Games 6 would go tonight in Kamloops, with Game 7 slated for Saturday night (7:30) in Armstrong.
To have success against a big keeper like Moyls, the Knights need more than just a perimeter presence, said Mallette.
“Our game and success comes from guys getting to the net. We peppered him, but for the most part, we were on the outside looking in.”
In the other Doug Birks Division matchup, the Sicamous Eagles recovered from an opening game loss to the Revelstoke Grizzlies to take a 3-1 series lead. The Eagles won Games 3 and 4 by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 respectively.
Revelstoke netminders Aaron Brandoli and Conrad McMillan, both from Vernon, split the losses.
The No. 1 Okanagan Conference-seeded Kelowna Chiefs came back from a 2-0 series deficit to even their best-of-seven set with the Summerland Steam 2-2.
Dallas Calvin, a BCHL Vernon Viper prospect, scored the OT winner and added two assists as the Beaver Valley Nitehawks shaded the Nelson Leafs 4-3 in Game 4 of their Neil Murdoch Divisional showdown Tuesday night. The teams are tied 2-2.