Game seven always provides a thrill


Game seven.

To a sports fan, those two words mean a lot.

It’s almost always the last game of a playoff series, and the loser is done for the year while the winner lives to fight another day.

Game seven.

It evokes memories for me from different sports. Some of these I saw, some I have only hear about.

It’s Jack Morris pitching 10 shutout innings for the 1991 Minnesota Twins against the Atlanta Braves, refusing to let manager Tom Kelly pull him from the game.

It’s the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers going into overtime in the 1966 NBA championship. The Celtics won 95-93, their eighth straight title. Bill Russell had 25 points and 32 rebounds, then took over as the Celtics coach the following season.

It’s the Detroit Red Wings winning two Stanley Cups, in 1954 and 1955, by winning game seven against the Montreal Canadiens both times.

And on Sunday evening, it was the Prince George Spruce Kings staying alive in the BCHL playoffs by downing the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-1 at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

I was not at the game. I was at CFIS, working on the Canadian Tire Spruce Kings playoff broadcast, but I was hanging on every word of the broadcast.

Chilliwack scored a power-play goal in the first minutes, and as the score stayed 1-0 halfway through the third period, I started to think I had jinxed the Spruce Kings.

In the pre-game show, Michael Kast and I were talking about the tendency of people in Prince George to get to events at the last minute, sometimes even after the event has started.

I said, “Imagine getting to a hockey game late, standing in line to get your ticket, and you hear a roar from the crowd.

“Someone scored, and you missed it, and then the game ends up 1-0, and you missed the only goal.”

I was very happy when Ethan de Jong scored a shorthanded goal to tie things for the Spruce Kings, and even happier when they got two more to seal the deal.

Now, I get a whole four days off before we start the Mainland Division finals on Friday evening against the Surrey Eagles. I still won’t be watching the games; I’ll still be on the production board at CFIS, but I’ll be listening to every minute.