The South Okanagan Flames stayed alive and made a statement in the process.
Alex Nimmo racked up six goals and five assists as the visiting Flames torched the Vernon Tigers 16-4 on Monday at Kal Tire Place to force a third and deciding game in the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League semifinal playoff series.
The Game 3 showdown goes tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Oliver Arena, where the Tigers triumphed 10-6 in Game 1.
Liam McLaren scored four goals, Logan Cote had a hat-trick and three helpers, Cairo Rogers clicked twice and Carson Shortreed added a solo for the Flames, who were on a 10-game playoff losing streak to the defending-champs.
The Flames are now unbeaten in four games in Vernon’s building this season.
Conor Webb, Thomas Mackiewich, Drayden Harshenin and Chase Wirth got the Vernon goals.
The winner of the series advances to play the Kamloops Venom on Friday.