So many have tried, and so few have succeeded. After twenty postseason games, it has become clear that shutting down the Vernon Vipers starts with containing the talented forward trio of Kellen and Connor Jones, and Sahir Gill. But on a night when a win was a must-have for the Grand Prairie Storm, the Vipers' top line got the job done once again.
Connor Jones opened the scoring with a shorthanded marker at the 6:58 mark of the first period before Storm forward Carter Rownie evened the score just 38 seconds later on the power play.
The game entered the second period tied at 1-1 before Gill capitalized on a Grand Prairie penalty to put the Vipers ahead. That goal stood up as the winner, as Andrew Hammond turned aside 14 Storm shots in the third to hold the lead.
Vernon enters Game 4 on Wednesday with a 3-0 series lead and the opportunity to finish off the Storm with a Doyle Cup sweep; A spot in the RBC Cup awaits the Vipers if they do.
Wednesday's game begins at 7:30 PM Mountain time from Canada Games Arena in Grand Prairie.