continued Shen then trimmed Saratoga's lead to a single goal early in the second period. Bourgeois saved a Brandon Mortka shot, but Mortka recovered the rebound and lifted a shot over Bourgeois' right shoulder into the net to make the score 2-1.
Layman made sure that Shen didn't keep the momentum very long. Layman took a pass from Tyler Bullard behind the Plainsmen goal, curled around and slammed the puck past Walter 24 seconds after Mortka's goal to put Saratoga ahead by two goals again.
"That hurt," de la Rocha said of Layman's second goal. "That and the fact that we got off to kind of a slow start in the first period really hurt us."
"Mike and I talked about this all week. We texted each other back and forth every day," said Torres. "I told him we needed a big game out of him, and he did just that."
Shen kept the pressure on Bourgeois, registering 30 of its 37 shots on goal over the final two periods, but Bourgeois made save after save to keep Saratoga in front.
"Even after they scored, I stayed confident the whole time," said Bourgeois.
"He's the best goalie in this league, and he showed it tonight by the way he played," said Torres.
Walter was also strong in goal, but the Shen netminder couldn't keep Saratoga off the scoreboard in the third period. Winters scored his second power play goal with 4:05 left in the final stanza, and Brett Merriman deflected Brendon Wormley's shot past Walter 37 seconds later to seal the victory and the title.
Walter finished with 25 saves for the Plainsmen, who lost twice to Saratoga in three meetings this season.