By Craig Stein
Hawks Lead Back-And-Forth Final 3-2
The Nipawin Hawks are a win away from hoisting the Canalta Cup, after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Estevan Bruins on home ice. The Hawks now lead the Best-of-Seven championship series three games to two.
The Bruins opened the scoring in Game 5, as Michael McChesney got the ice-breaker just 2:24 in, but that was the only puck to get by Declan Hobbs, who made 20/21 saves in the win.
Josh McDougall tied things up midway through the first period, before Chad McCartney and Gage Misskey put the Hawks ahead in the second, and the teams skated to a scoreless third.
Bo Didur stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced in goal for the Bruins.
The Hawks have their first of two cracks at wrapping up a championship with Game 6 Sunday night in Estevan. If the Bruins can extend the series at home, they’ll head back to Nipawin one last time for a Game 7 on Tuesday.
The Anavet Cup begins in Manitoba with Games 1 & 2 on April 27th and 28th. The Steinbach Pistons have won three straight games in the MJHL Final after dropping the first two, and now lead the Virden Oil Capitals 3-2, with Game 6 Saturday in Virden.