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87's Eliminated Despite Hard-Fought Win

By Kyle McKenna - EHL Beat Writer, 03/26/21, 3:00PM EDT


Regular Season Champs Go 1-2-0 at Finals

WEST CHESTER, PA -- The New Jersey 87’s earned their first win of the 2020-21 Finals and defeated the Lumberjacks Hockey Club in dramatic fashion by a score of 6-5.

Below you'll find all of the goal recaps from the fifth game of the 2021 EHL Frozen Finals.

First Period

87’s 1 – Lumberjacks 0

Brian Van Ness broke open the scoring after beating Lumberjacks’ goaltender David Reduzzi high-glove and top shelf and with 00:38.1 left. Van Ness’ goal marks tallies in back-to-back contests.

Additionally, for the first time at the Frozen Finals, the New Jersey 87’s didn’t allow a goal.

Second Period

87’s 2 – Lumberjacks 0

After a fortunate bounce in their own end, the 87’s recorded their second goal when Everest Schneider beat Reduzzi five-hole on a two-on-one. The time of the goal was at the 17:27 mark of the period.

87’s 2 – Lumberjacks 1

Louis-Joseph Guernon beat Jeremy Connor glove side after earning time and space and shooting from the left face-off circle at the 13:15 mark.

87’s 2 – Lumberjacks 2

Paul-Fine Lease netted his third goal and 15th point of the postseason after ripping one short side past Connor with 12:23 remaining.

Third Period

Lumberjacks 3 – 87’s 2

The Lumberjacks scored on a breakaway, after Paul Fine-Lease earned his second tuck of the day and slipped one five-hole past Connor at the 19:11 mark.

87’s 3 – Lumberjacks 3

Spencer White tied the game on a snipe from just inside the right circle, which beat Reduzzi and high- glove at the 17:41 mark.

87’s 4 – Lumberjacks 3

Kei Yasuda earned his first point of the Frozen Finals after the Japan native received a saucer past and crashed the net while going backhand top shelf on the power play (12:58).

87’s 5 – Lumberjacks 3

New Jersey’s Jacob Crespo left one fly from the point on the power play, which found the back of the net while Reduzzi was screened in front.

87’s 5 – Lumberjacks 4

Lumberjacks’ Jackson Colins scored off an offensive zone face-off win, while playing against the 87’s six- on-four with the extra attacker with 4:25 remaining in regulation.

87’s 5 – Lumberjacks 5

In dramatic fashion, the Lumberjacks tied the game at the 3:42 mark of the period. Paul Fine-Lease earned the hat trick after stuffing one home five-hole.

87’s 6 – Lumberjacks 5

Jason Santoriello one-timed a pass from the right corner and beat Reduzzi mid-level on the glove side, which provided the 87’s the lead with 1:05 left in regulation.