Creston Valley Thunder Cats win playoff game 3

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Creston Valley Thunder Cat Darcy Flaherty in the team’s final home game of the season on Feb. 18. He scored one of five goals in Monday’s playoff game against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

Creston Valley Thunder Cat Darcy Flaherty in the team’s final home game of the season on Feb. 18. He scored one of five goals in Monday’s playoff game against the Kimberley Dynamiters.

The game went into triple overtime, but the Creston Valley Thunder Cats won game 3 of the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs on Monday.

The 5-4 win over the Kimberley Dynamiters was the Thunder Cats’ first in the best-of-seven series, in which Kimberley already had two wins.

Trevor Hanna started the scoring with a goal less than a minute into the second period. Two Dynamiters goals followed, and Thunder Cat Tyler Akeroyd tied the score 2-2 with a goal at 0:02. Each team scored twice in the third period, with Darcy Flaherty and Andrew Hodder scoring for the Thunder Cats before the Dynamiters added two. At 13:18 in the third overtime period, Trevor Forward scored the game-winner, assisted by Hanna and Flaherty.

Thunder Cats goalie Tyler Moffat was named the home game’s first star, after blocking 67 shots and playing for just over 103 minutes.

The win followed a lacklustre start on the weekend, when the Thunder Cats lost to the Dynamiters on Friday and Saturday.

Comments from head coach Brent Heaven can be found here.