Bearcats look to regain lead in Kent Cup final on home ice

Joey Smith
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TRURO - The Truro Bearcats look to rebound at home Saturday and regain control of their Maritime Junior Hockey League championship series.

Truro Bearcats goaltender Chris Festarini fires the puck around the boards while being pressured by Colton Parsons of the Dieppe Commandos during Game 2 of the MHL Kent Cup final series on Thursday.

The Bearcats host the Dieppe Commandos for Game 3 of the Kent Cup final at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.

"We've got to get back to basics and just play in their end and not in ours, and if we do that I think we'll be successful," said Bearcats forward Brandon Bazinet.

After cruising through the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Bearcats hit a bump in the road on Thursday in Dieppe.

A 3-2 loss to the Commandos squared the best-of-seven final at one game apiece and put an end to the Bearcats nine-game post-season winning streak.

"It's just one game," said Bazinet. "We're really getting focused for (Saturday). We're gonna come out and stick to our game and have a better effort than we did the night before.

"We don't care if we win in four (games) or in seven, it really doesn't matter. We just want to win the series. That's what it's all about."

Thursday's contest at the Arthur J. LeBlanc Arena was a see-saw battle from start to finish. Jacob Smith, on a power play, and Daniel Perigo scored for the Bearcats, while Cody Drover, Colton Parsons and Justin McDonald, with the winner early in the third period, replied for the Commandos.

"Dieppe's a good team. They're fast and they came out playing their game and we knew when we got into this series it wasn't going to be a four-game sweep. We knew they were going to come out and they got the best of us (Thursday)," said Bazinet.

Truro goaltender Chris Festarini made 27 saves, while Connor Wilkinson stopped 24 shots for Dieppe.

The Bearcats went 1-for-2 on the power play, while the Commandos were 0-for-3.

Game 4 is slated for Monday in Dieppe at 7:30 p.m. and Game 5 will be played Tuesday in Truro, beginning at 7 p.m.

NOTE: Just one change to the Bearcats lineup Saturday, as hard-nosed forward Denver Lynds will make his finals debut. As of Friday night, head coach Shawn Evans said he wasn't certain who Lynds would replace.

Organizations: Dieppe Commandos for Game 3, Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Geographic location: Dieppe

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