The Bearcats clinched first in the MHL’s Eastlink South Division on the final day of the regular season when they earned a point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Lumberjacks, Sunday.
Truro posted 58 points on a 25-15-5-3 (win/loss/overtime loss/shootout loss) record. South Shore finished with 51 points, good for fourth, on a 24-21-2-1 record.
Saturday’s opening game in the best-of-seven series gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Rath EastLink Community Centre.
Sunday, the venue switches to Bridgewater for Game 2 at the Lunenberg County Life Style Centre. The puck drops at 7 p.m.
The other South Division series has second-place Valley Jr. A Wildcats (26-17-2-3/57pts.) taking on third-place Pictou County Weeks Crushers (25-18-5-0/55pts.) It opens Friday night in Berwick at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, battling it out in the North Division are first-place Summerside Western Capitals facing fourth-place Campbellton Tigers, and Woodstock Slammers, who finished second, against third-place Dieppe Commandos. Both series open Thursday.
EASTLINK SOUTH DIVISION SEMI-FINAL
Bearcats (1) vs. Lumberjacks (4)
GAME 1: Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. Rath EastLink Community Centre
GAME 2: Sunday, March 20, 7 p.m. Lunenburg County Life Style Centre
GAME 3: Tue March 22, 7 p.m. Rath EastLink Community Centre
GAME 4: Thu March 24, 7 p.m. Lunenburg County Life Style Centre
GAME 5: Sat March 26, 7 p.m. Rath EastLink Community Centre*
GAME 6: Mon March 28, 7 p.m. Lunenburg County Life Style Centre*
GAME 7: Wed March 30, 7 p.m. Rath EastLink Community Centre*
(* if necessary)