The Blizzard finally had a full bench to start the best-of-three Finals thanks to the return of Eddie Kell, while the Tornados were forced to go with only seven runners due to the absence of Steve Rievaj. Both teams had some decent chances in the early going but Dave Brent was the man who opened the scoring, picking off a loose ball twenty feet in front of the net just past the four-minute mark before driving in and beating Tom Wynn with a shifty move to his forehand. The Blizzard tied it up moments later when Mitch Ellis took a pass from Sean Fitzgerald and fired a long blast past Jason Boudreau with Bruce Hudson screening in front. Five scoreless minutes went by before Eddie gave the blue crew their first lead of the night when he roofed the rebound from another long howitzer by Mitch. Tornado Captain Alex McLeod levelled it at two apiece less than a minute later by firing in a pass from Adam Healy through a screen and past Tom. Gill Mombourquette restored the Tornado lead on the next shift when he took a feed from Brent in front of the net, spun to his backhand after a hesitation move and roofed his shot. The orange side kept the momentum going and made it 4-2 when Matt Nelson tipped in a low point shot from Alex just before the fifteen-minute mark. Fitz whipped a pass across the floor to Scott Cross on the following shift and watched his teammate fire a wicked blast past Jason from thirty feet out, which cut the deficit to 4-3 before the halftime break.
The Tors restored their two-goal lead in the opening minute when Matt Nelson darted past Cross to the front of the net and whacked in a feed from Healy to make it 5-3. Cross got his revenge later in the shift, taking a centering feed from Mitch and sliding a low shot past Jason through the five hole. The Blizzard had a great chance to tie the score when Gill got a penalty for holding his opponent’s stick, allowing them to set up shop on the powerplay. Several big point blasts got through and there were a few scrambles in front of the net, but the PK prevented the tying goal and the Tornados started to attack a little harder. Tom made a string of great saves during the next few minutes but the tangerine twisters finally hit paydirt when Nelson completed his hat trick on a slick feed from Dave Brent. Bob Strum scored less than a minute later by tipping in Healy’s shot, pushing the lead to 7-4 with about nine minutes left. Jason made a nice stop on a wraparound attempt by Bruce and the Tors cleared the ball up the middle. Fitz saw it coming, however, and he pounced on the ball at the center circle. He darted in before firing a shot past Bruce’s screen just before Alex cleared him out of the way, the ball finding the net on the trapper side to make it 7-5 with about eight minutes left. Matt Strum darted to a loose ball in the corner when action resumed and fired a quick centering pass to Gill, who was somehow left unmarked right in front of the net. The crafty vet swatted the ball into the yawning cage from four feet out for the easiest goal of his life and restored the three-goal edge with just under seven minutes left. The Blizzard battled back and they cut the score to 8-6 with three minutes left when Captain Dwayne Blanchard buried Cross’ quick setup pass from six feet in front. Dwayne called a timeout to set up a gameplan and they did get a couple of good chances, but there were also a few long dump-outs that killed off a lot of the clock. Brent salted it away in the final minute, taking a great lead pass from Nelson and darting in from his off-wing. He froze Tom with a fake shot to the short side and then continued going wide before whipping in a backhander. The Tornados killed off the final thirty seconds and pocketed the 9-6 win, giving them two chances to post one more victory and claim the Achilles Cup for Season 25.