Break in the action

November 17, 2016
By Gerry Hale

It was a good effort gone unrewarded.

The Bearcats had their chances in Amherst but couldn’t find the back of the net. They enter this week tied with the Ramblers and their work cut out for them.

The Eastlink South Division shut down its schedule following Friday’s matchup to allow the Divisions' All-Star team time for travel and preparation for the Eastern Canadian All-Star Challenge scheduled this week in Cornwall, ON.

The Challenge was originally intended for the centrally located teams to have meaningful competition between the respective All-Star teams from those leagues.

Last year, the MHL was included. Shawn Evans was the Head Coach of that team selected from all member MHL teams.

This year, the MHL has a team from each of its Divisions. Coach Evans is bench boss of the South.

The Challenge has ten teams, from the five Leagues – CCHL (2), OJHL (4), LHJO (1), NOJHL (1) and MHL (2).

The competition should be intense. The selected players were drawn from the seventy teams making up those five Leagues.

Each team is guaranteed four, forty minute games. This format will give the scouts and recruiters ample opportunity to see a lot of players in a lot of situations.

The World Junior “A” Challenge is just around the corner (December). The Canada East entry will be drawn from the Cornwall Challenge.

The World event will have two Canadian teams (East and West) battle with four international teams. That thirteen game event has grown in reputation and importance for recognizing the very best of Junior “A" talent.

The Canadian Junior Hockey League, the world’s largest, is clearly providing the opportunity to display its product at all levels of competition.

Bearcat fans can resume support of their team tomorrow night when the Valley Wildcats come to town. Saturday, also at 7:00 pm the front running Yarmouth Mariners make their first trip to the RECC.

Don’t forget the Teddy Bear Toss set for December 3rd!

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