By Tina Comeau
In the band Journey’s 1980s rock anthem, the lyrics go: ‘Don’t stop believin’, hold on to that feeling.’
That sums up the electric atmosphere inside the Mariners Centre on Monday night as the Yarmouth Junior A Mariners – for the second time in this season's playoffs – have rebounded from a 3-1 series game deficit to push things to a winner-take-all Game 7.
They team did it with Amherst to capture the Bent Division Championship.
And now they’ve done it again with the Woodstock Slammers where the stakes are even higher, since on Friday night the Kent Cup league championship is on the line.
Four times in the playoffs the Mariners have faced elimination and all four times they’ve lived to face another game.
Twice in Game 5 elimination games – in the Amherst series and now the Woodstock series – the Mariners have won in overtime to force a Game 6 in the series.
Unlike the Bent Division Finals, however, the Mariners will be on the road for Game 7, which goes Friday night in Woodstock.
But no one leaving the Mariners Centre on April 16 was disappointed (unless there were some Woodstock fans in the crowd of 1,501.)
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Instead the Mariners fans watched their team play their very last home game of the season and end things in Yarmouth just one win away from a possible league championship.
And they’ve done this playing a team that only lost six games out of 52 games in the entire regular season. After sweeping their first two league playoff series, the Slammers have now lost three of six playoff games to the Mariners.
A SUMMARY OF GAME 6 SCORING:
The Yarmouth Mariners were trailing the Woodstock Slammers 1-0 after the first period in Game 6. Goal scored by Nick Huard at 5:27, assisted by Robert Visca.
9:46: The Mariners even the score 1-1 with a powerplay goal by Andrew Walker, assisted by Rodney Mahoney and Andrew Wigg.
15:26: The Mariners take a 2-1 lead in Game 6 with a powerplay goal by Jared Hicks, assisted by Andrew Wigg, Rodney Mahoney.
16:37: The Mariners extend their lead to 3-1 on a goal by Rodney Mahoney assisted by Derek Larade
4:10: Woodstock narrows the gap to 3-2 on a goal by Evan Carmody, assisted by Connor Tresham and Chris Rygus.
Andrew Wigg, unassisted, scores on the empty net with with 3.10 seconds remaining to give the Mariners the 4-2 win.
Yarmouth went 2 for 3 on the powerplay in Game 6, while Woodstock went 0 for 4.
Charles Grant stopped 26 of 28 shots for the win while Matt Murphy stopped 17 of 20 shots in the loss.
In this playoff series Grant has only allowed 12 goals from 212 Woodstock shots on net.
You can view a short video of some of the final moments of Game 6 by clicking on the video tab at the top of this page.
You can also view a video of Mariners season 2011-2012 prepared by Vanguard associate editor Tina Comeau season by clicking here.