Strides forward

November 9, 2017
By Gerry Hale

Teams are supposed to be dangerous at home.

Last Saturday, the Valley Wildcats were. The Bearcats deserved to be behind, but, they had the will to do something about it.

The Truro Bearcats found a way to get that road win. They took over the game in the back half of the second period, then proceeded to grind out the victory.

The team got contributions from all lines, all defensive pairings, and, goaltending when needed the most.

As the team grows in the way it is supposed to play, so grows then confidence. They like the taste of the current three game win streak.

This Friday, the Bearcats host the Amherst Ramblers. Truro won in OT in the only previous meeting in Amherst.

The Ramblers are a strong, veteran team which, in its own way, is trying to get everyone on the same page. Having only four returning forwards can do that.

The Ramblers are celebrating fifty years of continuous play in this Junior League. That community took over the Berwick Shell Kings to start the 1968 season.

The Bearcat – Rambler rivalry is old and deep. Fans should anticipate competitive hockey at its best.

This is an important month for the Bearcats. Six of the month’s remaining games are scheduled for the RECC. With no home dates set for December, the Bearcats look to make the most of this home – cooking.

Congratulations to the two Bearcats who were named to the MHL entry in next week’s 2017 Eastern Canada Cup to be held in Trenton, ON (Nov.13 – 15).

Team MHL will play four preliminary games, then advance according to its record. This is a tremendous opportunity for all participating players to strut their stuff.

The Canada East team participating in the 2017 World Jr “A” Challenge in Truro will be comprised of players selected from the Eastern Canada Cup.

Leagues need to provide exposure and opportunity to its teams and players. The CJHL, the world’s largest league with ten participating leagues and over 130 teams, will bring its best to Truro next month.

It seems we are at the center of the hockey universe at times.

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