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Fast and furious... Rattlers keep up the pace, but fall to the Titans in Game 4 (11 photos)

Another tough loss for Bradford on home ice

The Temiscaming Titans have now taken a 3-1 series lead in the GMHL Jr. A North Division finals – but they didn’t have an easy time of it against the Bradford Rattlers on Thursday night.

The Titans won Game 4, held at the BWG Leisure Centre’s Blue Rink, 5-4 but the Rattlers pressed hard and came within striking distance, just as the clock ran out.

Temiscaming scored the only goal in period one, a marker by Mikhail Akatnov, at 7:21.

Just two minutes into the second frame, Bradford scored an answering goal – by #2 Oleg Grishatov from Danil Shults (#25) and Alexander Guseinov (#21) - on the power play.

It was a chippy second period, with Temiscaming racking up penalties for roughing, unsportsmanlike behaviour and slashing, but still managing to find the back of the Bradford net in a back-and-forth scoring battle.

Temiscaming’s Reingold Shtemke scored at 11:52 to give the Titans a 2-1 lead; three minutes later Bradford again knotted the scored on the power play, a goal by Marek Martiška (#17) from Brayden Morris (#22) and Evgeny Lukin (#24).

Less than a minute later, the Titans made it 3-2, on a goal by Yannick Ethier – and a short-handed, unassisted goal by Bailey Chenier ended the period with Temiscaming ahead, 4-2.

The Titans scored their final goal 3:38 into the final frame, by Xavier Sincennes, to take a 5-2 lead – before the Rattlers struck back. Denis Valguzov (#12) scored at 12:55, from Martiška and Grishatov; then it was Vojtech Pfeifer (#20) from Nikita Sakno (#14) and Matej Svitak (#9) with less than five minutes left in the period, to make it 5-4.

Bradford pressed hard, snatching the puck and swarming the Temiscaming net, but couldn’t score the tying marker – even after pulling goalie Trevor Babin in the final minute of play, for the extra attacker.

The season is now over for the Rattlers, leaving Temiscaming as North Division champs. 

Miriam King

About the Author: Miriam King

Miriam King is a journalist and photographer with Bradford Today, covering news and events in Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil.
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