And just like that, Soo Greyhounds are staring elimination from the Ontario Hockey League playoffs straight in the eyes.
Good Friday was anything but for the Greyhounds, who dropped a 4-3 decision to the visiting Owen Sound Attack. After taking a 2-0 lead in the second round, best-of-seven, Western Conference series, the Soo has since dropped three straight games to Owen Sound.
Now trailing the series 3-2, the no. 2 seed Greyhounds need to defeat the no. 3 seed Attack in Game 6 to force a seventh-and-deciding match.
Game 6 is set for Easter Sunday at 6 p.m. in Owen Sound.
It doesn’t matter that the Greyhounds were the better team over the second and third periods of Friday’s Game 5. What matters at the moment is that the Attack took Game 5 and is now in position to win the series at home.
Not that going on the road and taking a must-win game is new for coach Drew Bannister and the Greyhounds. The majority of this 2016-2017 Soo crew was part of the 2015-2016 Greyhound team that skated into Sarnia last spring and stole Game 7 from the stunned Sting.
With his calm, steady approach, Bannister is not a coach who goes into panic mode. And for the most part, that trait of his extends to his players.