Fort Erie guarantees a Game 6 with a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

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The home teams stayed undefeated in Game 4 of the second-round matchup between the Hamilton Kilty Bโ€™s and the Fort Erie Meteors, Fort Erie coming out on top 2-1 in a rough game on Saturday night.

 

17 minutes into the second period in a tied 1-1 game, Meteors forward Hunter Zoccoli took a pass from Jayden Baldinelli on a two-on-one and cut back to his backhand, getting Kilty Bโ€™s goalie Braedyn McIntosh moving the wrong way for the go-ahead goal.

 

Tyler Decoff also scored for Fort Erie, while Duncan Nichols-Delay made 23 saves to pick up the win.

 

Justin Monteith was the only Kilty Bโ€™s player to find the net as the team continues to struggle to score on the road in the second round, having been shutout in Game 2.

 

Just 4:51 into the first period, Owen Kelly found Decoff streaking down the right wing with seam pass under the extended stick of Hamiltonโ€™s Dylan Abbamont. The forward took a couple of strides towads the net before picking his spot and beating McIntosh glove side to take a 1-0 lead that would last into the second period.

 

Determined to respond in the second, and aided by five different Fort Erie minor penalties, the Kilty Bโ€™s finally broke through on a power play just past the midway point of the game. A point shot produced a juicy rebound in the slot that Abbamont worked over to Monteith, who slammed the puck into the open cage standing in front of him. Hamilton is 4-for-21 (19%) with the extra man in the postseason.

 

But just a few minutes later Baldinelli jumped on a neutral zone turnover and found Zoccoli for the game-winning goal, his second of the playoffs.

 

McIntosh was back in the net for Hamilton after ceding the crease to Gage Stewart in Game 3 in the second leg of a back-to-back, making 16 saves in the loss.

 

The teams will reunite for Game 5 in Hamilton on Monday night, with Game 6 back in Fort Erie on Wednesday and the Kilty Bโ€™s scheduled to host Game 7, if needed, on Friday.