TRURO - The third period was crucial Saturday for the Truro Bearcats.
The Hubtowners blew open a 2-2 contest and went on to beat the Summerside Western Capitals 7-4 in front of 721 fans at RECC.
"We knew we had to come out hard and play the last 20 minutes hard," Bearcats forward Colby Lanvceleve said. "We wanted to make sure we didn't let up at all."
The Bearcats (10-3-0-1) remain in third spot in the EastLink Division, four points behind the second-place Pictou County Crushers (12-3-0-1). The Capitals (5-11-1-0) are fourth in the Meek Division, seven points behind the Woodstock Slammers (8-8-1-1).
The win was Truro's third in a row after the Bearcats defeated the Valley Wildcats (7-6-2-0) Friday and the Brigewater Lumberjacks (1-15-0-2) last week.
"It's nice to string a couple wins together in a row," Lanceleve said.
Captain Phillip Fife started the third-period onslaught, beating Simon-Pier Chamberland just 2:56 into the final frame before Tyler Morrison (4:02), Kyle Tibbo (15:26), Lanceleve (empty net, 18:07) and Ryan Moore (18:50) iced the contest.
Lanceleve also scored in the second to tie the game 2-2. Truro's Brandon Pye gave his squad a first-period lead before Summerside went ahead 2-1 thanks to tallies from Thomas Stavert and Alex Bradley. Stavert also scored in the third period.
It took 16 saves for Jacob Fancy to claim his eighth win of the season while Chamberland stopped 29 shots in the Summerside crease.
"It was just a whole-team effort and we played 60 minutes," Lanceleve said.