by Stephen Dafoe
The 2016 NCHL playoff season came to a close for the Morinville Senior AA Kings Saturday night after a 7-4 loss to the Tofield Satellites in Game 4 of a best-of-five series.
The Kings entered the home-ice game trailing 2-1 in the series and needed the win to push the contest to a fifth and deciding game. Though the King’s lost, it was not without a good fight.
The Morinville Kings took a hammering in the first period which saw them given six chances to the Satellites 20 scoring opportunities. Though the goal-to-chance ratio was similar, it left the Kings trailing 4-1 in a game they needed to win.
The Kings came back strong in the middle frame, capitalizing on two of their 15 chances to bring the game within one of a tie. Though keeping the Satellites scoreless for the majority of the period, Tofield got one through with 1:13 left to end the period with a 5-3 lead.
Less than four minutes into the final frame, the Kings brought the contest to within one of a tie. But that is where the scoreboard stopped for the Kings, a single goal for 14 chances. The Satellites picked up another pair as the clock ticked down to end the contest 7-4 in their favour and giving them a 3-1 game tally in the best-of-five series.