Half of the MHL Championship Final matchup has been determined following last night’s action. The Miramichi Timberwolves have advanced to the league final for the first time in their history.
In Summerside last night, Josh Shatford led the way with a goal and three assists while Makail Parker scored twice and added an assist to lead the Timberwolves to a 5-1 victory over the Western Capitals to sweep their best of seven Eastlink North Division Final in four straight games.
The Caps would record the game’s first goal as Sebastien Cormier found the back of the net at the 3:16 mark of the first. The lead would be short lived however as Makail Parker would score to tie the game just 54 seconds later. Parker’s second of the game at the 8:01 mark of the first would prove to be the eventual game winner. Shatford’s powerplay tally with just over four minutes remaining would give the T-Wolves a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes. Following a scoreless second period, Miramichi would add some insurance in the game’s final frame with goals from Campbell Pickard and Josh Uhrich at the 36 second and 11:01 marks, respectively. Michael Botiz made 37 saves for his seventh victory of the postseason while Christopfer Langlais made 27 stops for the Western Capitals.
For the Timberwolves, who have now won eight straight games to begin the postseason, they advance to the MHL Championship Final for the first time in the 17 year history of the franchise. They will play the winner of the Eastlink South Division Final series between the Truro Bearcats and Amherst Ramblers. The Bearcats hold a 2-1 lead in that best of seven series though Amherst holds the most recent victory, a 3-0 win in Game 3 on Wendnesday night in Truro. Game 4 of this series takes place tonight in Amherst at 7PM while Game 5 goes Monday night in Truro at 7PM.
All games of the 2017 MHL playoffs are available live and online via mhl.hockeytv.com
Will MacLaren – themhl.ca