Bearcats look to even MHL final series

Published on April 17, 2017

Bearcats goalie Jason Rioux was peppered with 40 shots Saturday in his team’s 6-5 loss in Miramichi. Rioux will look to backstop Truro to a victory Tuesday in Game 2 of the MHL championship series.

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TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats look to draw even in their Maritime Junior Hockey League final series Tuesday night.

The Bearcats host the Miramichi Timberwolves for Game 2 in the best-of-seven final at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.

Truro lost the opening game last Saturday in New Brunswick, falling 6-5 in a back-and-forth battle at the Miramichi Civic Centre.

Bearcats forward Justin Doiron said his team came out flat on Saturday and will need to avoid that tonight in an effort to get back on even terms.

The Timberwolves scored 25 seconds into Game 1 to set an early tone.

“We just didn’t really recover; we did on the scoreboard, but we didn’t play our best game,” said Doiron.

The Bearcats, outshot 40-17 in the opener, and will need to play better in all three areas of the ice against a deep and talented Miramichi team.

Doiron said the Bearcats are excited to play at home in the final, and tonight’s crowd should provide an extra boost.

“We’re definitely looking forward to that.”

Game 3 in the series is Thursday in Miramichi, while Game 4 is Saturday in Truro.

SNAP SHOTS

– Fans are encouraged to wear Bearcat colours and bring noisemakers to tonight’s game.

– Staff from RBC on Prince Street will attend the game and hand out ‘thunder sticks’ to fans. Make some noise!

– Truro Dairy Queen will provide winners of the Dilly Bar Hot Row contest with ice cream treats.