Brian Kilrea is not surprised to be facing what could be his final game behind the 67's bench tonight.
The OHL Eastern Conference series, which the Niagara IceDogs lead 3-2 with Game 6 at the Civic Centre (7 p.m., Rogers 22), is shaping up pretty much how the retiring legend expected.
After all, the sixth-seeded IceDogs won 3-of-4 vs. the third-seeded 67's during the regular season.
"Whether we expected six or seven (games), who knew?" Kilrea said in the wake of the 4-3 loss Saturday night in St. Catharines. "We respect them as a team and they've shown why."
Kilrea thought his club deserved a better fate in Game 5, in which they outshot Niagara 21-5 in the third period, but gave up the winner with 3 1/2 minutes left.
"I thought we played well, but sometimes it's the big saves or the opportune bounce," he said.
Kilrea was glad to be heading home after completing the middle part of the 2-3-2 series. "It's tough when you have to spend a week (on the road) and try to amuse (the players).
"But credit to both teams. They both worked hard and they got the winner. It's the same thing we did to them the other night," said Kilrea, referring to Logan Couture's winner with two minutes left in Game 4.
If the 67's win tonight, Game 7 would be played tomorrow, also at 7 p.m.