Put the broom away
The Truro Bearcats have been there before. Not so, the Miramichi Timberwolves.
Truro has been in the league finals four of the last five years. They also have three MHL championships to their credit since returning to junior hockey 20 years ago.
For the Eastlink North Champs, this is their first appearance in the franchise’s 17year history.
Clearly this is uncharted waters for the Miramichi Timberwolves despite winning divisional titles in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
When the puck dropped to open this series, the hometown Timberwolves weren’t prepared to test the water timidly – they dove in.
Their offensive surge was impressive. They attacked in waves, utilizing four strong lines and a defence as offensive as any in the league.
As hard as they tried, though, they were unable to build any significant lead. Truro’s response was more measured and efficient.
That happens when the other team won’t allow you the puck, but the Bearcats made the adjustments to keep the numbers on the scoreboard close even though it might be called a subpar performance.
Miramichi swept their first two rounds, allowing 13 goals against, and only four of those were scored at the Miramichi Civic Centre.
Well, Truro scored five there the opening game. If there were are doubts about the Timberwolf game, it would be in this area.
Well, Truro scored five more in Game 2 to claim the win and give the Timberwolves a taste of playoff defeat.
Once the Bearcats got their footing, they stymied the Timberwolf attack, reduced the shots against and demonstrated that Mirmaichi doesn’t appreciate body contact.
That was the Bearcat plan and as a team they executed. When leadership comes from all areas, this Bearcat team is tough.
The Bearcats know what they have to do. So, too, do the Timberwolves, who looked ordinary in the final period of Tuesday’s game.
They’re at it in Miramichi tonight and back in Truro Saturday.
The series is on – be part of it.