Back to basics

December 15, 2016
By Gerry Hale

Forrest Gump said life is like box of chocolates.

So, too, is hockey. Every game is different and you never know what you are going to get.

Last Thursday, in New Glasgow, the Bearcats had a great start but second period penalty difficulties put their game on hold.

Just when it appeared they would survive the stream of kills, unwise puck management did them in. That sapped the live out of the team.

Saturday, against the same Crushers, the game had little life until the third period. In their fifth meeting of the season, there was no need for a feeling out process.

The Bearcats won that one but the intensity of such a long rivalry was very much absent, and disappointing.

Sunday, in Amherst, the Bearcats couldnít find a way to beat the Ramblers goalie. At the other end Truro didnít get the saves when needed.

It was a tough week mentally and it was obvious the Bearcats werenít ready. Nothing went Truroís way until the final period when they got back to basics and played the Ramblers even.

There were some positives. They left Amherst with one good period to their credit; they split with the Crushers; and Saturdayís win gave them their sixth straight win at home.

On the down side, successful teams have to find a way to win on the road. Now that the first half is officially over for the Bearcats, itís imperative that this be corrected.

The Bearcats wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule this weekend. Friday, the Yarmouth Mariners are in town and Saturday the Valley Wildcats come to the RECC. Both games start at 7:00 pm.

The Mariners are fighting for top spot in the MHL. They are a talented team, solid in all three zones.

Valley has some top end talent but, as a team, the Wildcats have been hot and cold.

The Bearcats have won all meetings to date with these teams and look to continue that hold. Obviously the visitors have other ideas.

Stay with what works.

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