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Resop stymies Mariners for second post-season shutout

Campbell Pickard of the Truro Bearcats moves in Yarmouth goaltender Leif Hertz during Game 4 action in a Maritime Junior Hockey League Eastlink South Division battle on Wednesday. The Bearcats cruised to a 4-0 win to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2.
Campbell Pickard of the Truro Bearcats moves in on Yarmouth goaltender Leif Hertz during Game 4 action in a Maritime Junior Hockey League Eastlink South Division battle on Wednesday. The Bearcats cruised to a 4-0 win to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2. - Joey Smith

Best-of-seven series all square at two games apiece

TRURO, N.S. – Kevin Resop recorded his second playoff shutout and the Truro Bearcats blanked the Yarmouth Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday in Game 4 of a Maritime Junior Hockey League divisional semifinal series.

The best-of-seven affair shifts back to Yarmouth on Friday knotted at two games apiece. So far, the home team has won all four games in the series.

Resop stopped all 29 shots he faced to earn first star of the game honours. The 20-year-old hasn’t allowed a goal in 120 minutes in the playoffs at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

Last Saturday, he stymied the Mariners by making 25 saves in a 1-0 triumph.

The Bearcats held period leads of 2-0 and 3-0 on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 1,095 at the Community Credit Union Arena.

Luke Macmillan opened the scoring for the Bearcats at 3:56 of the first, as took a pass from Graham Rutledge and beat Mariners goaltender Leif Hertz to the stick side. Tyler Pyke fired a bullet at 17:26 to make it 2-0 for the home side.

In the second, Truro’s Gavin Hart converted a power-play marker, while Karter Renouf also scored with the man-power advantage late in the third to ice it.

The teams combined for more than 100 penalty minutes in the third period alone. The Mariners had five players receive 10-minute misconducts in the final stanza.

Game 6 is slated for Sunday in Truro, beginning at 7 p.m.

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