Game 7 it is.
First off, this wasn't a true '5-1' game. It was the dreaded '3-1' for until the dying minutes, when the Mils potted an empty netter, and then struck again with 17 seconds left.
I say dreaded 3-1, because that's been the lead that hasn't been safe at all in the series, until Game 6.
Ian McNulty scored a natural hat trick, at even strength, short-handed, and into an empty net, leading the Millionaires to the Game 6 win. McNulty now has 11 goals in 11 post season games.
McNulty's goals were bookended by John Stechyshyn's first career playoff goal, and Taylor Wasden's first as a Melville Millionaire.
Blake Voth made 33/34 saves, and some key ones late in the third when it was still 3-1. Specifically, a Jesse Ross shot on a 2-on-1 with Colton Sanderson with about 2 minutes to go.
Melville's top line was much better in Game 6, as Sean Aschim jumped up to play on that line. Lucas Froese was handed a game misconduct for a hit from behind in the second period so some line juggling happened the rest of the way, while Weyburn defenseman Tyler Borstmayer was given 5 and a game for cross checking in the same stoppage.
The Mils were without two 20-year-old defensemen, in Tyson Newell and Brett Kipling (injuries), while Jack Kennelly sat out for Weyburn, and Miguel Pereira, who I think has been their best forward in the series, was a late scratch. AND, Wings' #1 goalie Mitch Kilgore didn't dress.
Weyburn Coach Dwight McMillan said on our Pre Game Show that he's sick, which, I wouldn't be surprised is code for something else at this time of year, but who knows!
So, a lot of questions roster-wise, both ways, as we head into Game 7, which seems like forever away: Tuesday in Weyburn. The extra day will make it more likely that we see some or all of those names back, although Coach Jamie Fiesel said on our post game that there's no way he can take 16-year-old call-up Colby Williams out of the lineup after his performance.
Fiesel said on our Pre Game Show: "Colby was already coming to Melville today for our spring camp. We just had to call him this morning and say 'bring a tie!' "
Speaking of Game 7, I got a text tonight saying one fan bus is already full, and a SECOND bus is already half full! Contact Cecile Halyk or Howard Santfleben to get your $25 seat.
1844 fans witnessed Game 6, the biggest crowd the Horizon Credit Union Centre has seen so far. Way to go Mils fans!
7:15 Pre Game Show, Play-by-Play at 7:30 on Tuesday night.