Rockford doubles up Lake Erie 4-2. The Monsters were out shot 35-28 and were 0-4 on the power play. The clubs exchanged goals in the first period. Julian Talbot notched his 13th goal of the season. Rockford scored three times in the second period. Matt Ford (23) scored a short-handed marker in the third period to cap off the game's scoring.
John Grahame suffered the loss in net for the Monsters. Lake Erie still has an opportunity to win the North Division. They need to win both of their remaining games and for the Manitoba Moose to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday evening.
Eastern Conference Semifinals -- Best of 7 -- Game 1
Kootenay stuns Saskatoon 4-1; takes game one. Two of the Ice goals came on the power play. Stefan Elliott had the lone tally for the Blades. He has three goals thus far this postseason. Elliott was named the third star of the game. Saskatoon will try to tie up the series on Saturday.