Truro Bearcats take 2-0 lead in MHL playoff semi-final series with Yarmouth Mariners


Published on March 19, 2017

Jordan Messenger tries to tuck the puck into the net during game 2 of the playoff series but can’t beat the pad of Truro goalie Jason Riox.

YARMOUTH, N.S. – Game 2 of the semi-final series between Truro and Yarmouth was close at the Mariners Centre Saturday night, but what the Mariners really wanted heading into Game 3 was a win. The Bearcats got the win instead.

Truro now leads the Eastlink South Division playoff series 2-0 and needs just two more wins – compared to four needed by the Mariners – to take the series. Game 3 of the best-of-seven-game series goes Monday night in Truro. The series returns to Yarmouth on Wednesday.

The puck falls to the ice during a faceoff in Game 2 of the MHL semi-final playoff series between Truro and Yarmouth.

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The Truro Bearcats edged out the Yarmouth Mariners 2-1 in game 2 of their MHL division semi-final playoff series March 18 in Yarmouth.

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A Bearcats player is headed to the ice surface in a tumble behind the Mariners net in Game 2 of their playoff series March 19.

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Pile up at the Truro net during game 2 of the MHL Eastlink South division semi-final series between Truro and Yarmouth.

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The Truro Bearcats edged out the Yarmouth Mariners 2-1 in game 2 of their MHL division semi-final playoff series March 18 in Yarmouth.

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Yarmouth looks for a scoring opportunity as Jordan Messenger brings the puck from behind the net.

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Jordan Messenger tries to tuck the puck into the net during game 2 of the playoff series but can’t beat the pad of Truro goalie Jason Riox.

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The Mariners bench during game 2 of their playoffs with Truro.

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Waiting for a faceoff during the third period of Game 2 between the Yarmouth Mariners and Truro Bearcats.

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The Truro Bearcats edged out the Yarmouth Mariners 2-1 in game 2 of their MHL division semi-final playoff series March 18 in Yarmouth.

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Yarmouth's Mike Snow keeps an eye on the play.

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Watching the game from the Truro bench during game 2 of the playoffs against Yarmouth.

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Yarmouth Mariners captain Ryan Daley.

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The Truro Bearcats edged out the Yarmouth Mariners 2-1 in game 2 of their MHL division semi-final playoff series March 18 in Yarmouth.

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The Truro Bearcats edged out the Yarmouth Mariners 2-1 in game 2 of their MHL division semi-final playoff series March 18 in Yarmouth.

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Yarmouth Mariners Max Robitaille and Matthew Barron take their places at the faceoff circle in Game 2 of the playoff series between Yarmouth and Truro.

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Before a crowd of 1,311, the Bearcats edged out the Mariners 2-1 in Game 2. The first period saw no scoring with Bearcats’ Noah Archibald (Denver Lynds, Tyler Pyke) scoring the lone goal in the second.

The Mariners got on the scoreboard at 3:39 in the third period off the stick of Matthew Barron (Jordan Messenger, Ben Chipman).

Nic Blanchard (Kyle Tibbo) of the Bearcats scored at 12:40 in the third to go up by a goal.

The Mariners pulled goalie Leif Hertz for the extra attacker at the end of the period but weren’t able to score.  

Yarmouth outshot Truro 27-21 in the game, which saw few penalties called. Each team went to the box three times, with no penalties called in the third period.

Game 1 last Thursday saw Truro with the 5-2 win. The game was tied at 2-2 in the third when in the last 5 minutes Truro scored three quick goals – the first two coming one minute apart and the third scored on a power play on the empty net.

This playoff series marks a return to playoffs for the Mariners who finished last in their division last season with 26 points, compared to a big turnaround and their 70 points this year. The previous year the team didn’t get past the three-game mini-series that existed at the time.

The Mariners have struggled with Truro this season, losing all six regular season games to the Bearcats – although three of those loses came in shootouts. 

REMAINING SERIES SCHEDULE:

• GAME 3: In Truro on Monday, March 20

• GAME 4: In Yarmouth Wednesday, March 22

• GAME 5: In Truro Sunday, March 25

• GAME 6: In Yarmouth Sunday, March 26

• GAME 7: In Truro Tuesday, March 28

The team that wins four games will advance to the division final.  

Meanwhile, the other semi-final series in the Eastlink South Division is tied 1-1 after the Amherst Ramblers, in fourth place in the division, defeated the division leaders Pictou Crushers 4-1 in Game 2 played Saturday night.