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A Hockey feast

October 6, 2016
By Gerry Hale


Success on the road does not come easily.

Keeping things simple and staying out of the penalty box tend to give teams their best chance. Itís worked for the Bearcats.

The Bearcats won their last two outings in hostile venues. The points were welcomed and the growth in confidence very noticeable.

Last Thursday, in New Glasgow, the Bearcats were firing on all cylinders from the get-go.

They took an early lead, played as five-man units and accomplished all game goals over the sixty minute span.

An intense fore-check created opportunities. Capitalization of those was another confidence booster for this inexperienced team.

Obviously, the Bearcat effort frustrated the opposition. For many young players that was an eye opener.

The Bearcats enter the week looking to make more positive steps as a team. Recent success must be duplicated and enhanced.

Friday, the Bearcats are in Bridgewater for their first meeting of the year with the South Shore Lumberjacks. That game gets underway at 7:00 pm.

The Lumberjacks knocked the Bearcats out of playoff contention last year in Game 7 of the Eastlink South Semi-final.

Like the Bearcats, the Lumberjacks have seen a huge turnover in personnel. They also have to adjust to a new coaching staff.

The MHL Showcase gets underway Sunday, with all twelve teams playing a pair of games in full view of scouts and recruiters from all levels of hockey.

For all teams, this is a great opportunity to expose their product. Perhaps of greater importance is the fact that the points matter in the MHL Standings.

The Bearcats, as part of their showcase exposure, are to meet the Lumberjacks, Sunday at 7:30, then face the Crushers, Monday, at 3:30.

Both games are at the RECC. Check the MHL website for the full schedule.

For the hockey enthusiast, this event is a feast.




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