Playing at home, Cochrane Crunch is in position to seize control of its Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League championship series with the Soo Thunderbirds.
Having earned a split from Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven set in the Soo, Cochrane is home for Games 3 and 4 tonight and Friday.
The Crunch cuffed the Thunderbirds 6-2 in the series opener before the regular-season champs from the Soo rebounded with an 8-0 erase in the second match.
An overflow crowd is expected tonight in Cochrane, where the Crunch has been a big hit in its first season playing out of the remote, northeastern Ontario town.
The Crunch averaged 466 fans during the regular season, which was third best in the nine-team NOJHL.
The Iroquois Falls-based Abitibi Eskimos topped the NOJHL attendance chart with a per-game, regular-season average of 513, just ahead of the Elliot Lake Wildcats, who attracted 508 fans per outing.