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Tight battles for MHL playoff spots


TRURO - The final weekend of the Maritime Junior Hockey league season couldn’t be much tighter than it is now.

Jacob Fancy stopped 35 shots in a Bearcats loss against Miramichi Friday night, including a barrrage of 20 shots in the opening period.

The Truro Bearcats sit tied with two teams atop the EastLink South Division with 55 points, along with Pictou County Weeks Crushers and Valley Jr. A Wildcats.

The Bearcats are arguably in the best position to nail down first, with two games remaining, to the other teams’ one. Tonight they entertain the Crushers for a 7 p.m. start at the RECC, before travelling Sunday to take on the South Shore Lumberjacks in a 1 p.m. contest.

For their final outing, the Wildcats entertain the Miramichi Timberwolves tonight in a 7 p.m. match-up.

Timberwolves 5 Truro 4 (OT)

Truro lost Friday to the visiting Miramichi Timberwolves, 5-4 in overtime. It was tight throughout, with the teams deadlocked at one after the first. The Bearcats went ahead 3-1 in the second but gave up a last-minute goal and two more in the third to find themselves trailing 4-3.

Eli Jarvis pulled Truro even again at 16:10, just 22 seconds after Miramichi’s fourth, scoring from Brandon Hughes and Ben Higgins to send the game to overtime.

It didn’t take long to settle the matter, as Yan Plourde scored at the 1:25 mark of OT, making it a 5-4 final.

Jarvis finished the game with a goal and an assist while Jordan Wentzell, Riley Baggs and Connor Morrison accounted for the other Truro goals.

In net, Jacob Fancy turned aside 35 shots from the Timberwolves. In the first period alone, Miramichi peppered 20 shots at Fancy. Bobby Duggan III stopped 24 Truro shots in the game.

Playoff Picture

While much currently remains up in the air as far at the top three teams in the EastLink South Division are concerned, the South Shore Lumberjacks have nailed down fourth, with 49 points heading into their game with Truro Sunday.

Over in the Eastlink North Division, another battle is being waged, as the Summerside Western Capitals and Woodstock Slammers are tied with 68 points. Dieppe Commandos are comfortably in third with 65, while Miramichi and Campbellton are scrapping for fourth, with 54 points each. All five teams have a game remaining: tonight the Campbellton Tigers visit Summerside; Miramichi plays the Valley Wildcats; and the Slammers play the County Aces. Sunday it’s the Aces at Dieppe.

 

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