Bearcats need a win Tuesday to force Game 7 in Bent Division semifinal
Truro Bearcats forward Colin MacKinnon takes a shot on net during Maritime Junior Hockey League playoff action Sunday night at Colchester Legion Stadium. Stephen Walker scored on the rebound to get Truro on the scoreboard at 3-1. The Bearcats lost the contest – and are trailing the best-of-seven series 3-2.
TRURO – The Yarmouth Mariners scored three goals in the first six minutes and didn’t look back Sunday night pushing the Truro Bearcats to the brink of elimination.
The Mariners defeated the host Bearcats 6-2 in front of 603 fans at Colchester Legion Stadium to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Bent Division semifinal.
The home team has yet to win a game in the series. The Mariners can clinch the series with a win Tuesday in Yarmouth. Game 7, if necessary, would be played Thursday in Truro.
Kyle Campbell led the Mariners Sunday night with two goals and two assists. Kenny Mahoney also fired home a pair of goals while singles went to Colin Campbell and Ryan Nickerson.
Stephen Walker and Jordan Mock scored for Truro with assists from Colin MacKinnon, Alex Dalley, Dylan McGuigan and Colin Beck.
Kirk Rafuse was tagged with the loss after making eight saves on 13 shots before being replaced by rookie Spencer Scott, who made eight saves on nine shots.
Charles Grant recorded the victory with 23 saves.
Yarmouth was 1-for-2 on the power play while Truro was 0-for-4.
Saturday in Yarmouth, Mock and Travis Moore each scored a pair of goals in a 4-2 win in front of 1,484 fans at the Mariners Centre.
Both of Mock’s markers were scored shorthanded while one of Moore’s came on the power play.
Walker had a pair of assists while singles went to McGuigan and Jordan Burke.
Rafuse stopped 30 shots for the win while Grant was tagged with the loss after giving up three goals on 17 shots through the first two periods before being replaced by Randy Chisholm.
Stephen Horyl did not play in either of the weekend’s games. The league MVP has not played since Game 2 and coach Shawn Evans told the Truro Daily News on Friday that it was due to a reoccurring neck injury.
The winner of the series will play Pictou County in the division final. The Crushers swept Bridgewater in their opening round series.