The Summerland Steam evened its Okanagan/Shuswap Conference final with the 100 Mile House Wranglers at one.
The Steam defeated the Wranglers 2-1 at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. The Steam needed just 30 seconds to strike first as Jarrett Malchow popped in his sixth goal of the playoffs past Zane Steeves, assisted by Riley Pettitt. With 7:39 remaining in the opening period, Steam captain Paulsen Lautard finished the setup by Jack Mills to give them a 2-0 lead. Justin Bond scored the Wranglers lone goal at 10:51 of the second period. Matthew Huber was named the away star as he made 25 saves in the win, while Steeves had 20.
The Steam will host the Wranglers at the Summerland Arena on March 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. In the Kootenay Conference, the Kimberley Dynamiters now have a 2-0 series lead on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks after a 4-2 win.