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TRURO – Jordan McNaughton broke for the net, spotting an opening for a two-on-one despite being shorthanded. Moments later, the puck was in the back of the net and the pressure was off.

The McNaughton goal with under five minutes to play was the insurance needed to all but guarantee a win and a spot in the next round against the Valley Wildcats. Despite a wild finish, the Bearcats would come away with a 6-3 win. Round over.

The Pictou County Crushers hung around for most of the game, which ended up being one of only two games in the series staying remotely close. With the first round behind them, the Bearcats had a chance to decompress afterwards.

“It feels good being the fourth place team taking out the first place team,” McNaughton said afterwards. “But like coach always said, they’re a good team. We just pushed a bit harder.”

The Bearcats came strong out of the gate, with Colby Lanceleve scoring the game’s first goal just 27 seconds in, with assists from Denver Lynds and Jake Primeau.

The two teams played a tight first period, with Mike Lyle answering back for Pictou later in the period. After intercepting the puck, Lyle broke in on a shorthanded breakaway and beat Bearcats goalie Jacob Fancy with a backhand deke.

Truro again got the jump in the second period, with Alex Soumakis blasting home a one-timer in the slot on a pass from Daniel Perigo down low.

A minute later, Luc Poirier scored for the Crushers after Daniel Walsh picked the puck off Zach Beaton and made a pass to the front of the net. The score would remain tied at 2-2 through 40 minutes of play.

For the third period in a row, the Bearcats struck less than a minute in, with Jimmy Soper redirecting a shot from Jake Primeau to put his team out in front.

A little over 10 minutes later, Jesse MacInnis banged home a puck in front of Crushers goalie Joel Horodziejyck to make it 4-2. Assists went to the usual gang – his linemates Jordan Wentzell and Serge Boisvert.

Four minutes later, with Riley Baggs in the box for hooking, Soumakis streaked down the left side, looking to either make a play or kill the clock. After Walsh had broken his stick in pursuit of Soumakis, McNaughton saw the chance to jump up in the play. Soumakis threw the puck on net, banking it off McNaughton’s shins and trickling through Horodziejyck.

Not thinking he’d scored, McNaughton had already turned and began hustling back to his post as a defenceman. Seconds later, he was beaming from ear to ear.

“I think it was because I didn’t think it went in,” he said later of the childlike excitement. “Soumy said it hit off my shin pad and went in, but I didn’t even see it.”

Walsh would score at the 18:46 mark to make it 5-3, but Daniel Perigo put the series to bed for good at 19:37 with an empty net goal, followed by a ruckus with Walsh.

The two teams were at each other’s throats all series. Their rivalry is no secret, with the Bearcats now eliminating the Crushers in three straight seasons.

With the Valley Wildcats coming up, the Bearcats will look to carry the same feistiness to the next series.

“I think it has to (carry over) if we’re going to get something going against Valley,” McNaughton said. “They work really hard and we’re going to need that intensity to compete with them.”

The Wildcats ended off the season with 11 straight wins, before losing their last regular season game and first playoff game to the Yarmouth Mariners. They followed up with four straight wins to eliminate the Mariners.

So does the Wildcats’ hot streak concern the Bearcats?

“Yes and no,” said Perigo, an assistant captain. “We don’t really like to think about that stuff. They’re a really good team and we’ll have to work hard and bring our A-game if we want to stand a chance against them.”

A schedule for the second round of the MHL’s Eastlink Division playoffs has not been released yet, however the Meek Division final gets underway on Thursday. The series will feature the second-place Dieppe Commandos take on the fourth-placed Miramichi Timberwolves. The Commandos knocked off the Campbellton Tigers in four games, while the Timberwolves shocked the nationally ranked Slammers in five games.

 

 

The McNaughton goal with under five minutes to play was the insurance needed to all but guarantee a win and a spot in the next round against the Valley Wildcats. Despite a wild finish, the Bearcats would come away with a 6-3 win. Round over.

The Pictou County Crushers hung around for most of the game, which ended up being one of only two games in the series staying remotely close. With the first round behind them, the Bearcats had a chance to decompress afterwards.

“It feels good being the fourth place team taking out the first place team,” McNaughton said afterwards. “But like coach always said, they’re a good team. We just pushed a bit harder.”

The Bearcats came strong out of the gate, with Colby Lanceleve scoring the game’s first goal just 27 seconds in, with assists from Denver Lynds and Jake Primeau.

The two teams played a tight first period, with Mike Lyle answering back for Pictou later in the period. After intercepting the puck, Lyle broke in on a shorthanded breakaway and beat Bearcats goalie Jacob Fancy with a backhand deke.

Truro again got the jump in the second period, with Alex Soumakis blasting home a one-timer in the slot on a pass from Daniel Perigo down low.

A minute later, Luc Poirier scored for the Crushers after Daniel Walsh picked the puck off Zach Beaton and made a pass to the front of the net. The score would remain tied at 2-2 through 40 minutes of play.

For the third period in a row, the Bearcats struck less than a minute in, with Jimmy Soper redirecting a shot from Jake Primeau to put his team out in front.

A little over 10 minutes later, Jesse MacInnis banged home a puck in front of Crushers goalie Joel Horodziejyck to make it 4-2. Assists went to the usual gang – his linemates Jordan Wentzell and Serge Boisvert.

Four minutes later, with Riley Baggs in the box for hooking, Soumakis streaked down the left side, looking to either make a play or kill the clock. After Walsh had broken his stick in pursuit of Soumakis, McNaughton saw the chance to jump up in the play. Soumakis threw the puck on net, banking it off McNaughton’s shins and trickling through Horodziejyck.

Not thinking he’d scored, McNaughton had already turned and began hustling back to his post as a defenceman. Seconds later, he was beaming from ear to ear.

“I think it was because I didn’t think it went in,” he said later of the childlike excitement. “Soumy said it hit off my shin pad and went in, but I didn’t even see it.”

Walsh would score at the 18:46 mark to make it 5-3, but Daniel Perigo put the series to bed for good at 19:37 with an empty net goal, followed by a ruckus with Walsh.

The two teams were at each other’s throats all series. Their rivalry is no secret, with the Bearcats now eliminating the Crushers in three straight seasons.

With the Valley Wildcats coming up, the Bearcats will look to carry the same feistiness to the next series.

“I think it has to (carry over) if we’re going to get something going against Valley,” McNaughton said. “They work really hard and we’re going to need that intensity to compete with them.”

The Wildcats ended off the season with 11 straight wins, before losing their last regular season game and first playoff game to the Yarmouth Mariners. They followed up with four straight wins to eliminate the Mariners.

So does the Wildcats’ hot streak concern the Bearcats?

“Yes and no,” said Perigo, an assistant captain. “We don’t really like to think about that stuff. They’re a really good team and we’ll have to work hard and bring our A-game if we want to stand a chance against them.”

A schedule for the second round of the MHL’s Eastlink Division playoffs has not been released yet, however the Meek Division final gets underway on Thursday. The series will feature the second-place Dieppe Commandos take on the fourth-placed Miramichi Timberwolves. The Commandos knocked off the Campbellton Tigers in four games, while the Timberwolves shocked the nationally ranked Slammers in five games.

 

 

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