Bearcat Banter: Down to the Wire

The season is on the line now.

This series between the Bearcats and Wildcats has come to this point.

Come Wednesday, at the RECC, one of those teams will survive to play an MHL final series while the other packs things up and closes shop.

The teams met four times between April 12th and April 18th. That’s a lot of hockey and it’s been a battle.

In Game Three, at home, the Bearcats played a strong, composed game, with a strong third period to earn the win.

In Berwick, the Wildcats were held to fourteen shots but scored in each period to claim the Game Four win.

Game Five, at the RECC, saw the Wildcats score four in the third period while the Bearcats struggled to finish.

Going into Monday’s Game Six, the Bearcats were on the brink of elimination. The Wildcats, though, looked to win the series in fine style in front of their enthusiastic fan base.

The outcome in that one was a long time coming. It wasn’t decided until the 7:12 mark of the second OT.

The Bearcats built a two-goal lead which disappeared by the end of the second period; Truro found the way to get it done.

The series has been on a roller coaster since its opening. All games have been close, and no leads were safe.

For a League, absent of playoffs for two years, it was a welcomed return to playoff hockey. Fan support grew with each game, as did the compete level.

Now it’s all about Game Seven. Either team can take this series but because of the decisive nature, there is an added element of drama not found in the other games.

It’s comparable to single-elimination or a one-game playoff. Let’s face it, for both, it’s their Super Bowl game.

Summerside, with its sweep of Fredericton, awaits the winner. The Capitals will face a battle-hardened, resilient team, whichever it is.