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Timberwolves gain upper hand in MHL final against Bearcats

Nic Blanchard had a goal and an assist on Monday in the Bearcats 5-3 loss to the Miramichi Timberwolves.
Nic Blanchard had a goal and an assist on Monday in the Bearcats 5-3 loss to the Miramichi Timberwolves.

MIRAMICHI, N.B – The Miramichi Timberwolves have taken the lead once again in the Maritime Junior Hockey League final series against the Truro Bearcats.

The Timberwolves pounded 39 shots at Truro goaltender Jason Rioux and skated to a 5-3 victory on Monday in Game 5 at the Miramichi Civic Centre.

The home team has won all five games in the series so far. The Bearcats look to continue that trend Wednesday when they host Game 6 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.

Miramichi led Monday’s game 3-2 after two periods. Colby Tower made it 4-2 at 7:28 of the third and Curtis Hastings scored 48 seconds later for a three-goal cushion.

Nic Blanchard scored at 8:26, however, that’s as close as the Bearcats would get.

Jonny Erbs, Brayden Uhrich and Campbell Pickard scored other goals for Miramichi, while Denver Lynds and G Blackmore had others for the Bearcats.

Timberwolves backup goalie Tanner Sommers got the start between the pipes and faced 22 shots in his first action of the final series.

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