Or face four-game sweep in Roger Meek Division semifinal
SUMMERSIDE – It is no secret that Game 3 of any playoff series often proves to be the swing game.
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Clint Windsor made 27 saves in backstopping the Miramichi Timberwolves to a 1-0 victory over the Summerside Western Capitals at Eastlink Arena on Monday night. The win gave the Timberwolves a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League) playoff series.
Well, that certainly holds true for the Summerside Western Capitals, who go into Wednesday’s contest trailing the Miramichi Timberwolves 2-0 in the best-of-seven Roger Meek Division semifinal in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League). The opening faceoff at the Miramichi Civic Centre is set 7:30 p.m.
“If we can ever go in their barn and steal one, we have a chance coming home (for Game 4 on Friday night) to make it 2-2,” said Capitals head coach Tim Schurman following Monday night’s 1-0 loss in Game 2. “That’s an ideal scenario.
“That’s what we want to do, and all our preparation for the next 45 hours is trying to win Game 3 and turn this back into a series.”
The Timberwolves are well aware of what’s at stake in Game 3.
“We are going back home to the Civic Centre, and hopefully we get a big crowd out and we can take a real good hold on the series,” said Timberwolves forward Billy Gaston, who scored the only goal of Game 2. “We don’t want to give them (Caps) any life.
“If they win the next one, they are right back in the series, and it could go either way.”
Close games between the Caps and Timberwolves are nothing new. For example, the last five head-to-head meetings have been decided by one goal, including three shootouts in the last three regular-season games. The Timberwolves, who have never trailed in the series, won Game 1 by a 4-3 score on Saturday.
“If we can ever go in their barn and steal one, we have a chance coming home (for Game 4 on Friday night) to make it 2-2. That’s an ideal scenario. That’s what we want to do, and all our preparation for the next 45 hours is trying to win Game 3 and turn this back into a series.” Capitals head coach Tim Schurman
“For the most part throughout the entre season our compete level has been very good,” said Schurman. “We have to find a way to solve them (Timberwolves) defensively.
“Give them credit, especially in the third period (of Game 2), they locked things down very well (limiting the Caps to just two shots). They were getting puck outs and all five guys did their job.
“They blocked a lot of shots as well. They did everything they had to do to win the game, and we did everything we had to do to make it a game. We just fell a little bit short, but it had absolutely nothing to do with the compete level we had.”
Despite being down 2-0, Capitals forward Blaize Bridges said the mood was still positive in the Caps’ dressing room following Monday’s game.
“We out battled them for 60 minutes, but they got a nice power-play goal,” said Bridges. “Their goalie (Clint Windsor) was the difference in that one. He played a solid game, and came up with a couple of big saves.
“Overall, I thought we battled. They still have to win two more, and we’ll be ready to take it to them in Game 3.”