Vernon Flyers’ Erik Locke (left) fires a shot over sprawled Willms Electric Whalers’ netminder Blair Miller in Game 2 of the best-of-three North Okanagan Ball Hockey Association finals Sunday night at Wesbild Centre. The Whalers won 6-4 to force Game 3.

Vernon Flyers’ Erik Locke (left) fires a shot over sprawled Willms Electric Whalers’ netminder Blair Miller in Game 2 of the best-of-three North Okanagan Ball Hockey Association finals Sunday night at Wesbild Centre. The Whalers won 6-4 to force Game 3.

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A pair of Coldstream Ranch farmhands played the heroes for the Willms Electric/Checkers Whalers in Game 2 of the North Okanagan Ball Hockey Association finals Sunday night at Wesbild Centre.

A pair of Coldstream Ranch farmhands played the heroes for the Willms Electric/Checkers Whalers in Game 2 of the North Okanagan Ball Hockey Association finals Sunday night at Wesbild Centre.

Facing elimination, James Dobrowolski set up his good buddy Dave Robinson alone in the slot for the winner as the Whalers earned a 6-4 comeback win over defending champion Sneakers Flyers.

The championship-deciding Game 3 went Tuesday night at Wesbild.

League scoring champ Chris Glen put the Flyers on the board at 19:50, but Whaler veteran Kris Glinsbockel tied the game up seven minutes later, beating Flyer netminder Jordan Vallance blocker side for his first of the finals.

Flyer captain Erick Locke responded with a strike late in the first half to make it 2-1. Sneakers came out quickly in the second half, getting quick singles from Locke and James Mowatt to go up 4-1.

With 10 minutes left in regulation, Whalers’ rookie sensation Ryan Harrison scored the first of back-to-back goals, one on a great pass from his cousin Robinson, and another on a great individual effort from Bryce Kakoske

A centering pass from Samuel Gare found the back of the net off James Dobrowolski’s stick to tie the game 4-4 with four minutes to go. Kevin Kraus added an empty-netter to ice the game and force Game 3.