Raiders force Game 7

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:09 AM ET

Those pesky Prince Albert Raiders just won't give up.

Despite giving up the tying goal to Winnipeg's Codey Burki with six seconds left in regulation, the Raiders responded in overtime last night to beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 3-2 in Game 6 of the WHL's Eastern Conference final at Art Hauser Centre.

Raiders forward Caine Pearpoint, a former Wheat King, scored 7:03 into the first overtime session to tie the series 3-3 and force Game 7, which will be played tomorrow night at what likely will be a jam-packed Keystone Centre in Brandon.

Game time is 7 o'clock.

The winner of tomorrow night's clash will meet the defending Memorial Cup champion Kelowna Rockets in the league final. The Rockets beat the Kootenay Ice 2-1 in overtime last night to win the Western Conference final 4-2.

Brandon hasn't made it to a league final since 1998, when it was swept by the Portland Winter Hawks.

This is Brandon's second straight series to go the distance in this year's post-season. The Wheaties overcame a 3-1 series deficit against the Calgary Hitmen in the conference semifinal round, winning Game 7 at home 3-1.

History will be on Brandon's side tomorrow night, as the franchise is 6-0 in Game 7s at home.

Last night, Prince Albert led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Norway House product and former Wheat King Rick Kozak, and it had a 2-0 advantage after 40 minutes thanks to Brad Erickson's marker midway through the second.

Lance Monych, another Winnipegger, finally got the Wheat Kings on the board midway through the third, notching his league-leading 15th playoff goal on the power play.

Monych also assisted on Burki's tying goal, which came with goaltender Tyler Plante on the bench in favour of an extra attacker.

Prince Albert netminder and Winnipeg product Rejean Beauchemin made 27 saves, while Plante turned aside 33 shots.


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