2023 Eastlink South Division Final
(1) Yarmouth Mariners vs (2) Truro Bearcats
- Game 1 – Saturday, April 1st, 7:00 p.m. – Mariners Centre
- Game 2 – Monday, April 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Rath Eastlink Community Centre
- Game 3 – Wednesday, April 5th, 7:00 p.m. – Mariners Centre
- Game 4 – Saturday, April 8th, 7:00 p.m. – Rath Eastlink Community Centre
- Game 5 – Monday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m. – Mariners Centre*
- Game 6 – Wednesday, April 12th, 7:00 p.m. – Rath Eastlink Community Centre*
- Game 7 – Friday, April 14th, 7:00 p.m. – Mariners Centre*
|41-9-2-0 (1st)||Regular Season Record (MHL Rank)||33-16-1-2 (4th)|
|4-0 vs Pictou County||Semifinal Result||4-2 vs Valley|
|5.25||Playoff Goals For per game||3.00|
|2.75||Playoff Goals Against per game||2.00|
|15.4%||Playoff Powerplay %||16.7%|
|83.3%||Playoff Penalty Kill %||70.6%|
|Reilly Mayne – 6 G, 2 A||Playoff Top Scorer||Tanner Humber-Dredge – 1 G, 7 A|
|Ben Roode – 2 G, 2A
Franco Canevari – 1 G, 3 A
|Playoff Top Scoring Defenseman||Ryan Maynard – 4 A|
|Joey Lovullo – 3-0-0-0, 2.33 GAA, .916 SV%
Keegan Warren – 1-0-0-0, 3.90 GAA, .895 SV%
|Playoff Goaltender Stats||Connor Martin – 4-0-1-0, 1.87 GAA, .939 SV%, 1 SO
Jack Milner – 0-1-0-0, 2.05 GAA, .909 SV%
|Ryan Semple – 3 G, 7 A||Leading Scorer in Season Series||Lucas Canning – 4 G, 2 A
Landon Miron – 4 G, 2 A
- October 28th – Truro 3 Yarmouth 2
- November 5th – Truro 3 Yarmouth 2 (OT)
- November 25th – Yarmouth 4 Truro 1
- December 13th – Yarmouth 2 Truro 0
- January 6th – Truro 1 Yarmouth 5
- January 27th – Truro 4 Yarmouth 6
- February 11th – Yarmouth 4 Truro 3
- February 27th – Yarmouth 5 Truro 6 (OT)
- Yarmouth and Truro last met in the playoffs in 2019 where the Mariners swept the Bearcats on their way to the league championship; the third season in a row they had met in the Eastlink South Semi-Finals. Yarmouth won a seven-game battle in 2018 and Truro won in five games in 2017. Truro is the defending Eastlink South champion.
- In the head-to-head matchup this season, Truro had a powerplay percentage of 17.5% (7 for 40) compared to 23.7% for Yarmouth (9/36). However, five of Yarmouth’s powerplay goals against Truro came in their January 6th game. In the first round of the playoffs against Valley, Truro allowed five powerplay goals on 17 shorthanded opportunities.
- The Mariners lead the MHL in goals per game in the Metalfab MHL Playoffs at 5.25. Truro allowed a league-best 2.00 goals per game in their six-game series win over Valley, including the only shutout of the playoffs thus far.
- Truro generated more shots per game in the first round (42.33) than in the regular season (35.15), while Yarmouth’s shots per game were down; 32.50 in the playoffs compared to 40.29. The Mariners were the only team to average at least 40 shots per game in the regular season.
- Landon Miron enters the division final with a five-game goal-scoring streak for Truro while Tanner-Humber Dredge has a five-game assist streak, both the longest active streaks in the playoffs. Yarmouth’s Reilly Mayne scored six goals in the final three games of the series against Pictou County, including four in Game 3.
- Between the pipes, both teams boast a true 1A/1B situation. The Mariners went with Joey Lovullo for three of the four games against the Crushers, but in the regular season Keegan Warren played just nine minutes less than his teammate. On the other side, Truro went with Connor Martin in five of six games against Valley. Martin played in 24 games for Truro, while Jack Milner had 30 games played. All four were in the top 7 in the MHL for goals against average in the regular season.