Bearcats look to pad lead in divisional semifinal

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TRURO – The Truro Bearcats don’t intend to change a thing Tuesday when they clash with the Valley Wildcats in Game 2 of a Maritime Junior Hockey League Eastlink Division semifinal series.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it – that's the philosophy for Brandon Pye and his Truro Bearcats teammates as they head into Game 2 of their MHL Eastlink Division semifinal series on Tuesday in Kentville.

And why would they?

The Bearcats cruised to a dominant 7-1 victory in Game 1 last Saturday in Truro, where they outworked their Kentville counterparts from the opening faceoff until the final buzzer to set an early tone for the series.

“We gotta play the exact same way,” said Bearcats forward Brandon Pye, who recorded four points in the opening game. “(Saturday) was one of our best team efforts all year and we just gotta replicate that and good things will happen.”

Tuesday's game at the Kentville Centennial Arena begins at 7:30 p.m. Game 3 will be played on Thursday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats, who have lost nine straight against the Bearcats this season, will try to regroup and find a way to stifle the Truro attack on home ice.

“We’ll just have to prepare better and come to play,” Wildcats defenceman Austin Harding said after the Game 1 loss. “We definitely have the ability to play with these guys and I think potentially we could beat them.”

Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said Monday he expects to have high-scoring forward Jacob Smith in the lineup tonight. Smith, who scored 30 goals and 65 points in the regular season, sat out Game 1 with a lower-body injury.

Chris Festarini returns to the Truro net tonight.

For live coverage of all Truro playoff games, visit trurodaily.com.

Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Geographic location: Kentville

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