BY DAN MCNEE
It’s going to be a steep uphill battle from here on out for the Milverton 4WheelDrives.
The senior ‘AA’ squad was unable to overcome late heavy pressure from the visiting Tavistock Royals on Sunday at the Perth East Recreation Complex, losing a heartbreaker 5-4 in overtime. Sixth-seeded Milverton now heads back to Tavistock for game five on Saturday.
With the game knotted at one heading into the second period, both sides exchanged chances until the Royals broke the deadlock on the power play six minutes in. Milverton restored the tie a few minutes later following a brutal Tavistock giveaway at its own blueline. Greg Huzarik stole the puck and wristed it past goaltender Evan Groenestege.
The Drives took the lead soon after, taking advantage of another Royal giveaway in the slot. Captain Dan Rhame made no mistake on the gift, burying it past Groenestege.
A couple questionable penalties put Milverton down two men towards the end of the period, however, and Tavistock was able to retie the game after a quick passing play into the slot resulted in the puck in the net behind Tyler Huston, who had no chance on the goal.
Game five is slated for this Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Tavistock and District Recreation Centre. Pending a Milverton victory, game six will go 7 p.m. Sunday at the PERC.