The Enforcers came into their first ever playoff game in history with the past on their side. After winning the season series Elmira came in with confidence, but certainly knew they were in for a rough game as no game in Watertown had ever come easily.
The first period was a back and forth affair as the Wolves opened the scoring at 4:25 in as former Enforcers Tyler Prendergast got the first of the game. IT took Sean Reynolds 1:05 to put a beautiful power play goal behind Jared Rutledge as he banged it off both posts and behind the Wolves netminder. 1:47 later Elmira scored again as Mitch Atkins buried a Glen Patterson rebound past Rutledge to give the Enforcers their first ever playoff lead. It would be tied up just before the end of the first as Tyler Prendergast notted his second of the game to end the first in a 2-2 game with Watertown holding the shots lead 14-7.
The second period got off to an interesting start as the Enforcers had a goal wiped out as Ahmed Mahfouz thought he had put one by Rutledge but it was immediately waived off and started a lot of drama over the next few minutes. Watertown was able to take advantage of a power play as Tyler Gjurich buried one at 3:30 and then Gjurich had another one 6:08 later. The Enforcers were able to bring themselves back within one as Brandon Vuic deflected one past Rutledge at 13:47 of the second to end the period trailing by one goal. The Enforcers claimed the shots on goal lead 21-18.
The final period saw the Enforcers we know and have come to love as Stepan Timofeyev came through with a huge goal at 11:16 in the third to tie up the game. The final nine minutes were a back and forth affair until Sean Reynolds was able to finally bang home a rebound to give the Enforcers a go ahead goal and secure their first playoff victory in history.
Troy Passingham stopped 28 of 32 shots for the victory.
Elmira’s next home game is tomorrow night at 7:05 against these same Watertown Wolves.