The series is tied at a game apiece. There is the side bar relative to a blind-side hit that has a player out for the season with a concussion and the instigator of it suspended by the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Hostilities aside, no. 2 seed Soo Thunderbirds will play host to no. 1 seed Rayside Balfour Canadians tonight and tomorrow as the best-of-seven, West Division final resumes.
The latest bout of nastiness between the two sides stems from Game 1 of the series when, in the opening seconds of the match, Rayside forward James White leveled Soo center Camaryn Baber with a blind-side hit.
As a result, Baber is out for the season, with his second concussion in less than a month, both times after being hit by a Rayside player.
White has been suspended for 10 games for the hit on Baber. His teammate, Evan Krassey, was handed a 10-game suspension by the NOJHL after the first hit on Baber.
At any rate, home ice in the series now shifts to the Soo after the teams split Games 1 and 2 in Rayside.
The Thunderbirds took the opener 2-0 before the Canadians showed resolve by overcoming a 2-0 deficit in Game 2 to score a 3-2 overtime victory.
Will cooler heads prevail for the rest of the series?
PHOTO: Rayside celebrates the Game 2 overtime winner.