Getting things right

November 24, 2016
By Gerry Hale

Thatís what you call an impressive weekend.

Itís been a while since the Bearcats put together a two win home-stand. Anytime is a good time to do that.

Friday, the Valley Wildcats were reminded that there is no such thing as a safe lead. A five goal outburst, unanswered, can wipe away more than smiles.

The Bearcat faithful must have been energized by that third period showing. That veteran leadership stepped up once again.

Saturday, the Bearcats downed the MHLís overall leader. This first head-to- head match-up suggests there should be some dandy encounters to come.

The Bearcats took a lead in this one and continued to play with confidence. Besides the general desire to send a message, the special team play occupied a huge role.

Weekend results took the Bearcats to third spot in the Eastlink South Standings. There isnít much breathing room nor opportunity to take time off.

This week the team sets its sights on a Saturday match-up at the RECC with the County Aces (7:00 pm), then a trip to New Brunswick to face the Dieppe Commandos (2:30 pm).

The Acesí franchise is in its third season. For the eight players who have been there over the long haul, itís time to get it right.

Itís been said that teams have to find their template to win and to be in contention. The process of figuring things out is of uncertain duration.

In contrast, the 1997/1998 Bearcats returned to the Junior league with all blades flashing. That team, in its inaugural season, lost out in OT of Game 7 in the Divisional finals.

The next four Bearcat seasons saw strong regular seasons but ugly playoff runs (losing out in the first round). Then they figured things out.

Dieppe uses its full sized arena to their advantage. Truro won their only meeting this year but the Commandos look to even the score.

Reminder: Teddy Bear Toss December 3rd!

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