By Fred Wallace
Almost every hockey player would tell you that from their bedroom to their street, to their Little league start in hockey, that somewhere, at sometime they dreamed about playing in Game 7.
Tonight in Port Elgin, Game 7 of the W.O.A.A. North Final is scheduled to be played, pitting the Shelburne Muskies against the hosting Saugeen Shores Winterhawks.
The dreams of Game 7 though are quite likely, quite different for the members of the Winterhawks and the Muskies.
For Shelburne, in their wildest dreams they likely never saw themselves in Game 7 of this series.
After losing the opening 3 games of the series, the Muskies have denied elimination on 3 separate occasions and now have a chance to do what very few teams have ever been able to do; come back from an 0-3 deficit and win a best of 7.
In the NHL, only the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders have managed the feat, which tells you how rare this is.
For Saugeen Shores, I doubt this is a dream Game 7, more likely this is a nightmare.
Fully deserving of their 3-0 lead, the Winterhawks have missed consecutive opportunities to end it.
They get a fourth and final chance tonight, on home ice at the Plex at 8:30 this evening.
Game 7. Dream becomes a reality for Shelburne or Saugeen Shores tonight.
I'm Fred Wallace