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Swordsmen 2
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Stallions 4
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Rough Riders 3
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Freeze 4
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SAN FRANCISCO - Going into Saturday night's Gretzky Division Finals Game 4 between the Dallas Freeze and the San Francisco Seals, all three teams that were down 2-1 going into Game 4 ended up winning to tie their series' at 2.

In the end, it would get a little more tense than they would've liked, but the Freeze managed to follow suit as well.

Benoit Pouliot snapped a 3-3 tie with 16 seconds left in regulation as the Freeze evened their series with the Seals at 2 thanks to an exciting 4-3 win in San Francisco.

"We don't focus on the other series', but we just knew that we had to come out here and get the win tonight," said Pouliot. "That's a really good team we're playing, and you can't ever give them a chance to put you away."

Dallas received three points each and nine points total from their top line of Paul Stastny, Phil Kessel and Kyle Wellwood, with each player registering a goal and two assists. And their contributions were able to help them keep pace with the high-octane top line of the Seals that features Igor Grigorenko, Kristian Huselius and Mathieu Perreault.

San Francisco out-shot Dallas 17-11 in the first, but the Freeze would be the one to take the 2-1 lead after one as they made the most of their shots. A Juraj Mikus roughing call at 3:51 led to a power play goal from Wellwood - his fifth - at 4:09 as the Freeze opened the scoring.

However, just 12 seconds later, the Seals would answer back on Perreault's seventh of the playoffs. Kessel would then put home his fifth at 11:38 as the Freeze re-established their one-goal lead after one.

The Seals would then proceed to completely dominate the second period. They out-shot Dallas 15-4 and they would take the lead in the process. First it was a Colin Dueck holding the stick call at 5:35, which led to a power play goal from Huselius - his fourth - at 6:54. Then Nino Niederreiter's second at 9:53 made it 3-2 San Francisco as they took that lead into the third.

But Dallas would be the ones to control the final period of play. They out-shot the Seals 17-6 in the third, and they would tie the game 55 seconds into the third as Stastny scored his fourth of the playoffs to even the score at 3.

Then with time ticking down and overtime seeming possible, San Francisco's Matt Ryan was called for hooking with 24 seconds left to give Dallas a power play. And just eight seconds later, Pouliot would come through with his fifth of the playoffs to put Dallas ahead for good.

However, the game would not end without controversy. Just seven seconds after Dallas took the lead, Seals defenseman Brett Skinner laid out a crushing blow on Phil Kessel, knocking him from the game. It was announced afterwards that he will miss a week of action, putting him out for the remainder of the series. It is unknown at the moment if Skinner will see disciplinary action from the league as a result.

VOR THE WIN! - Jakub Voracek scored two goals and an assist for the Philadelphia Wildkatz as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down the Greensboro Swordsmen 4-2 at home. The Wildkatz tied the Orr Division Finals at 2 with the win.

KANE IS ABLE - Braydon Coburn forced overtime with just nine seconds in regulation for the Moose, but Patrick Kane's second goal of the night in OT made the difference as the Denver Stallions evened the series at 2 with a 4-3 Game 4 win in Montreal.

KOZUN SHACK - Brandon Kozun scored two goals for the Quebec Red Devils as they evened the Howe Division Finals at 2 with a 5-3 home win in Game 4 over the Ottawa Rough Riders.

TONIGHT: Game 5 action takes center stage as the series' shift back to the higher seed cities. At 3 PM EST, Greensboro hosts Philadelphia (NBC, Sportsnet), and then at 6 PM EST, Montreal visits Denver (NBCSN, CBC, TVA).

2016 XHL CUP PLAYOFFS - All times Eastern
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Game 5
Philadelphia (orange) at Greensboro (black) - 3 PM - NBC, Sportsnet (2-2)
Montreal (white) at Denver (burgundy) - 6 PM - NBCSN, CBC, TVA (2-2)
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