Bearcats take Game 2 in double overtime thriller

Matt Veno
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TRURO - The Truro Bearcats got back to being the Truro Bearcats.
The Hubtown squad played its usual hard working style of hockey to knot the Maritime Junior A Hockey League final 1-1 Tuesday with a 3-2 double overtime victory in front of 1,506 at Colchester Legion Stadium in Truro.
The setback was the first of the playoffs for Summerside.
Jonathan McArthur netted the winner at 5:43 of the second extra frame when Mike Veysey passed him a loose puck that he put top shelf on Summerside's Alex Dupuis.
"It's unbelievable. I'm so happy I could reward my teammates for a great effort on the (penalty kill) in overtime," McArthur said, referring to his teammates killing a power play in the second overtime when Sam Hounsell was sent to the box for boarding.
McArthur said it was evident from the warm up his team was better prepared mentally for Game 2 after not looking like themselves in the series opener Sunday in Summerside. "It took us way too long to get rid of the nerves (in Game 1)," he said. "But tonight we were more relaxed and ready to go."
Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said the win was critical, and keeps the Bearcats from heading back to Summerside for Game 3 Thursday in a 2-0 hole.
"It was almost a must-win," Evans said.
"I know we're playing an excellent team," he added. "Some people question our intestinal fortitude but I think those players showed they have character (last night)."
The Bearcats took a 1-0 lead when Chris Ivanko fired a wrister past Dupius just 1:02 into the contest.
But Summerside pulled even with a powerplay marker from Chad Locke at 11:43 of the opening frame. Mike McIsaac, who returned to the lineup Tuesday after serving a one-game suspension, then put his team in the lead at 8:18 of the second period.
But KC Brown sent the contest to extra time with his short-handed tally at 8:53 of the third.
Richard Gagnon recorded the win with 42 saves, while Dupuis was handed the loss with 35 stops.
Evans said his team's trademark tenacity was the key to the win.
"It's only one win but I think we didn't give up and we got better as the game went on.
"We started off shaky but got better. Sometimes you just have to hang around and hope you can find what you need to do to be successful and we found a way."
Locke, Summerside's leading playoff scorer with 21 points (11G, 10A) in 10 games, said his team didn't put out a consistent effort.
"I thought we played a good game until the overtime," he said. "But we're not going to let that take a hold of us. We've got to get up and keep going."
McArthur said he feels the victory can get some momentum on Truro's side.
"We showed we can kill one of the most potent powerplays in the league," he said. "Hopefully that can get some momentum going for us."

Organizations: Game 2, Maritime Junior A Hockey League

Geographic location: Summerside, TRURO, Colchester Legion Stadium

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