TRURO – After waiting nine days, what's one more?
The Truro Bearcats were looking forward to already having Game 1 of the EastLink Division final tucked under their belts today as they make their way over Mount Thom to meet the Pictou County Crushers at 7 p.m. However, due to Tuesday's poor weather, tonight's meeting will serve as the best-of-seven series opener with Games 2 and 3 slated for Thursday and Saturday at RECC. Both games start at 7 p.m.
"It's just another night's sleep you won't get," Bearcats forward Daniel Perigo said Tuesday, just after learning of the postponement.
The Maritime Junior Hockey League made the decision late Tuesday afternoon after consulting with both clubs. Freezing rain and snow across the Maritimes made travelling treacherous, leading to the postponement.
"It's tough," Perigo, a 19-year-old Truro resident, said. "We were prepared to play (last night) and to learn at 4 o'clock it wasn't going to happen isn't great. But we just have to refocus for (today) and be ready."
Perigo added he felt he and his teammates would be.
"Oh yeah," he said. "It's just one more day."
The revamped schedule will be a grueling one for both sides, who will now lock horns four times in five days with Game 4 set for Sunday at 7 p.m. in New Glasgow.
"It's going to be tough mentally and physically," Perigo said. "Pictou County has a good team there and it's going to be a battle."
Although the Bearcats have earned home ice advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of their President's Cup win in the regular season with a 38-11-1-2 record, Pictou County cannot play at home after Thursday due to the Atlantic major midget championship being played there Thursday to Sunday. So the teams agreed to swap Games 1 and 2 with Truro getting back-to-back home dates to reset the series on its proper path.
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