Lightning fall behind

There was no justice Sunday for the Stettler Lightning.

There was no justice Sunday for the Stettler Lightning.

Justis Lowry scored at 5:50 of overtime to give the Blackfalds Wranglers a 4-3 victory over the Lightning and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Northern Division final in the Heritage Junior Hockey League.

Game 4 was scheduled for Tuesday night in Stettler, after the newspaper went to press. For more on that game, visit www.stettlerindependent.com this week.

Jared Guilbault, Dalen Kolybaba and Wally Samson, with a power-play goal, also scored for Blackfalds.

Steven Fletcher, Jake Schwarzenberger and Dylan Houston replied for Stettler, which received a 39-save effort from Simon Thieleman.

The Lightning fired 31 shots at Wranglers goalie Thomas Isaman.

After winning the series-opener 3-2 on the road last Wednesday, Stettler suffered a 3-0 loss on home ice Friday.

Isaman made 37 stops for the shutout, while Thieleman blocked 41 in the Stettler net.

Kolybaba, Matthew Johnson, Jordan Freake — on the power play — netted the Blackfalds goals.

Game 5 is slated for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Blackfalds.

If a sixth game is needed, it would be played in Stettler on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with a seventh game scheduled for Blackfalds next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.