The Grimsby Peach Kings are one win away from repeating as Ontario champions after defeating the Alliston Hornets 3-2 Sunday evening at the Peach King Arena in Grimsby.
Grimsby now leads the best of 7 series 3-1.
After losing a heartbreaker in overtime to Alliston on Friday evening, the Peach Kings played a solid defensive game, limiting the Hornets to just 11 shots in the first two periods.
After a scoreless 40 minutes, the third period opened up offensively with 5 goals being scored.
Grimsby got on the board first when Jason McNeil scored just 22 seconds into the third period.
Alliston would respond when Randy Cox scored at 6:54 to tie the game at 1-1.
The game would remain tied until midway through the period, when the two teams would combine for 3 goals in just over a minute of play.
Zenon Byblow kicked things off when he gave Alliston a short lived lead at 12:11.
Peter Shantz would then respond for Grimsby with a goal of his own just 37 seconds later.
With the momentum on the Peach Kings side, Mathew Paonessa gave the Peach Kings the lead when he beat Alliston goalie Robbie Alsop at 13:17.
The Hornets pressed for the equalizer for the remainder of the period. Despite having two powerplay opportunities late in the period, the Hornets were unable to beat Jeremy Currie, who ended the game stopping 23 of 25 shots for the Peach Kings.
Grimsby had 34 shots on net, including 15 in the second period.
On Friday, the Peach Kings loss 2-1 in overtime in game 3 of their series. Chris Mcquade was the lone goal scorer for Grimsby, who were outshot 34-20 in the game.
The Peach Kings will have the chance to win the Schmalz Cup on Wednesday when they play game 5 of their series at the New Tecumseth Rec Centre. Game 6 if necessary is back in Grimsby on Friday.
Grimsby - Jason McNeil (Connor Rilett) 0:22
Alliston - Randy Cox (Mike Campeau) 6:54
Alliston - Zenon Byblow (powerplay) (Randy Cox, David Leblanc) 12:11
Grimsby - Peter Shantz (Jason McNeil) 12:48
Grimsby - Mathew Paonessa (Chris Mcquade) 13:17