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Bearcats look to force Game 7 in MHL final series against Timberwolves

The Truro Bearcats host the Miramichi Timberwolves for Game 6 in the MHL final series Wednesday at the RECC, beginning at 7 p.m.
The Truro Bearcats host the Miramichi Timberwolves for Game 6 in the MHL final series Wednesday at the RECC, beginning at 7 p.m.

TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats hope a trend in the Maritime Junior Hockey League final series holds true Wednesday as they fight for their playoff lives.

The Bearcats host the Miramichi Timberwolves for a crucial sixth game at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.

Miramichi grabbed a 3-2 series lead Monday in the best-of-seven affair after a 5-3 home-ice victory.

The home team has won every game in the series so far.

“There’s been a pattern to the series, so I’m hoping the pattern continues for one more night,” Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said Tuesday.

Truro is facing elimination for the first time in these playoffs. After breezing through their first two series, winning each in five games, the Bearcats have had their hands full with a talented and deep Timberwolves squad.

“We’ve played hard in the series,” said Evans. “I couldn’t hope for a better effort than what we’ve given to this point. Now we need to play, compared to Game 5, a little bit better.”

Evans said the Bearcats need to make better decisions with the puck in their own end – their Achilles heel during the regular season that has crept back into their game during the final series.

“Our one bugaboo all season has been getting the puck out of our own end,” he said. “We did a pretty good job of it in the first two rounds; this team we’re playing is quick and they’re on you, we need to be a little bit better there (tonight) than we were in their rink in Game 5.”

Game 7, if necessary, will be played Friday in Miramichi at 7:30 p.m.

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