Choose whichever sports cliche you want.
Win or go home, empty the tank, whoever wants it more, and so on. Any way you look at it, the Estevan Bruins and Flin Flon Bombers will meet one last time tonight in Game 7 at the Whitney Forum, with the first round series deadlocked at three games a piece, and only one team will be moving on to the second round.
"Couldn't really expect the series to go any other way I guess, obviously with last year and how it's been," said Bruins defenceman Aleksa Babic, who has logged huge ice time in the series in what is his final Junior A season with the Bruins. "It's the first one to win four games, and we're excited to be here."
"We're playing Game 7 against a team we went to battle with last year, and we're excited to go tonight and looking to get the win."
The roller coaster ride of a series saw Flin Flon win the first two games at home before the Bruins rattled off three straight wins. The Bombers forced a decisive Game 7 with a 4-1 win Sunday night in Estevan.
A crowd of 1,500-1,600 is expected at the Whitney Forum Tuesday night.
"It's Game 7, systems don't really come into play that much, it's just whoever wants it more," said the 20-year-old Babic. Obviously the rink is going to be buzzing. All night you're going to hear that horn, you're going to hear that drum, and the fans. For us we've just got to take it as noise, that's what it is. Just got to play."
"Game 7...it doesn't get better than that."
The Bruins have travelled roughly 4,800 kilometres during the series heading into the seventh game, while the Bombers, as the higher seed, have travelled about 3,200 kilometres.
"It's hockey and that's how it is. And I think with the excitement of playing every night, your legs kind of get under you. And you're going with just the excitement in general of playing," Babic said. "It's been a battle, but I feel good and I think the team's ready to go."
When asked if this was the best rivalry he's ever been a part of, Babic didn't hesitate.
"Nothing like this. When you take everything into account. Last year going to Game 7 in the finals, and then the travel too. You're playing and then the next day you're travelling and then you're playing again. It's been pretty hectic like that but it's definitely one of the greatest series or rivalries that I've been a part of," Babic said.
"No other way it could end I guess."