It's do-or-die tonight for the Cochrane Generals and they're rallying the troops to fill the barracks of the Cochrane Arena.
The Cochrane Generals are looking to even the series 3-3 against the Medicine Hat Cubs in a must-win situation after suffering a 6-4 loss at the Kinplex in The Hat last night.
The Cubs scored three goals in five minutes, two of them on powerplays, to build a 5-1 cushion by the 12-minute mark of the second. The Gens responded with three of their own, but could not complete the comeback.
Cub Kyle Woolridge scored his eighth of the series and second of the night on an empty net to put the game out of reach with 1:15 min. remaining.
Medicine Hat continues to flex its powerplay muscle, scoring on three of its five opportunities. The Gens came up empty-handed on their three chances.
For a second straight game, Diago Coelho scored two goals for the Gens. Brendon Thubron and Caden Stephenson notched the others.
Cooper Hilworth, Josh Drefs, Jacob Milne, and Levi Schlosser were the other Cubs' snipers.
Adversity is no stranger to the Gens. Last season, they were down 4-2 in the north finals against the Rocky Rams before staging a comeback and advancing to the league championship series.
If the Gens win tonight, the series returns to Medicine Hat tomorrow for game seven. The winner advances to the HJHL south final against the Okotoks Bisons, who swept the Strathmore Wheatland Kings in the other south semifinal.
Also last night, the Sylvan Lake Wranglers beat the Rocky Rams, 4-2, in game seven of their series to advance to the north final against the Airdrie Thunder.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Cochrane Arena.