If this one does not stimulate the junior hockey fire and desire from within then you may want to check your heart beat.
Soo Thunderbirds will play host to Soo Eagles tonight in the seventh-and-deciding game of their Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, West Division, semi-final series.
The closing act of the see-saw set is slated for a 7:30 start tonight at John Rhodes Community Centre.
A back-and-forth series, the Thunderbirds took the opener, by a 4-3 overtime score, before the Eagles came back to win three straight games, by 3-2, 3-0 and 3-0 margins.
Undaunted and staring elimination straight in the kisser, the Thunderbirds took Games 5 and 6 by respective 3-0 and 2-1 tallies to tie the series and set up tonight’s winner-take-all match.
Veteran NOJHL watcher Kevin Cain, he of championship success as a general manager and a coach with both the Thunderbirds and the erstwhile Soo Indians, noted what his game plan would include if he was calling the shots.
“I would instill in my team to go out there and play to win instead of playing to not lose,” Cain said on the most recent edition of the Hockey North Show, which airs on Tuesday nights at 5 p.m. (1700 hours) on radio station ESPN 1400.
“When you play to not lose, you usually lose,” summed up Cain.