Canadian Tire Cup Playoff Capsule: Truro vs Valley

(Photo: Gary Manning)

2021-22 Eastlink South Division Final
(3) Truro Bearcats vs (4) Valley Wildcats

Game 1 – Valley at Truro, Friday, April 8th, 7:00 PM – Rath Eastlink Community Centre
Game 2 – Truro at Valley, Sunday, April 10th, 2:00 PM – Kings Mutual Century Centre
Game 3 – Valley at Truro, Tuesday, April 12th, 7:00 PM – Rath Eastlink Community Centre
Game 4 – Truro at Valley, Thursday, April 14th, 7:00 PM – Kings Mutual Century Centre
Game 5 – Valley at Truro, Saturday, April 16th, 7:00 PM – Rath Eastlink Community Centre*
Game 6 –  Truro at Valley, Monday, April 18th, 7:30 PM – Kings Mutual Century Centre*
Game 7 – Valley at Truro, Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00 PM – Rath Eastlink Community Centre*
*if necessary

Truro Valley
Regular Season Record (MHL Rank) 19-15-2-0 (7th) 19-16-2-1 (8th)
Semifinal Result Defeated Amherst 4-1 Defeated Yarmouth 4-2
Previous Appearance in Division Final 2016-17 – Defeated Amherst 4-1 2014-15 – Lost to Truro 4-0
Playoff Goals For per game (MHL Rank)* 3.2 (2nd) 2.5 (5th)
Playoff Goals Against per game (MHL Rank)* 2.6 (5th) 1.83 (1st)
Playoff Powerplay % (MHL Rank)* 35.7% (2nd) 20.0% (4th)
Playoff Penalty Kill % (MHL Rank)* 80.0% (5th) 92.0% (1st)
Playoff Top Scorer Gavin Hart (3 G, 3 A)
Tanner Humber-Dredge (3 G, 3 A)
Luke Wilson (2 G, 3 A)
Playoff Top Scoring Defenseman Brant King (4 A) Matt Power (3 A)
Playoff Goaltender Stats Mavrick Goyer (4-1-0, 2.26 GAA, .933 SV%) Antoine Lyonnais (4-1-1, 1.70 GAA, .958 SV%, 2 SO)
Head to Head Record 3-2-0-0 2-3-0-0
Leading Scorer in Season Series Luke Munroe (3 G, 2 A) Brendan MacRitchie (4 G, 2 A)

Previous Meetings
October 9th – Valley 0 Truro 4
October 29th – Valley 1 Truro 8
November 5th – Truro 1 Valley 5
March 11th – Truro 1 Valley 3
March 15th – Valley 0 Truro 2


  • This is just the 2nd trip to the Division Final for the Valley Wildcats since the franchise relocated from Dartmouth ahead of the 2013-14 season. Their opponent in the 2014-15 series? The Truro Bearcats, who would go on to lose to the Dieppe Commandos in the Kent Cup Final.
  • The Truro Bearcats last appearance in a Division Final was in 2016-17, where they defeated Amherst in five games and went on to defeat Miramichi in seven games to capture the MHL Championship.
  • Antoine Lyonnais started four of the five games against Truro in the regular season, going 1-3-0-0 with a 3.50 goals against average and an .870 save percentage. Mavrick Goyer started the final two games of the season series for Truro. He went 1-1-0-0 with a 1.51 goals against average, a .952 save percentage, and one shutout. However, Lyonnais is unquestionably the hottest goaltender in the league to this point in the Canadian Tire Cup Playoffs. He has made 251 saves in the playoffs. Second-most? Goyer at 167.
  • Speaking to offense generated from defensemen in the first round, Valley blueliners had three goals and ten assists against Yarmouth. Truro defensemen combined for one goal and nine assists against Amherst. In total, eleven players had at least one point for Truro in the last round, compared to seventeen players who found the scoresheet for Valley.
  • Valley’s strength on the penalty kill in the regular season has continued thus far in the Canadian Tire Cup Playoffs. The Wildcats had an 89.4% penalty killing percentage in the regular season and 92.0% against Yarmouth in round one. They’ll face a Truro Bearcat powerplay that more than doubled its efficiency from the regular season: 15.9% to 35.7% in the playoffs. The Wildcats were, however, were tied with Yarmouth for the most times shorthanded at 25.