The Battles Continue

October 13, 2016
By Gerry Hale

Thanksgiving Weekend had a different feel this year for all MHL teams.

For sure, they had more hockey than turkey. They also spent it in Truro under the watchful eyes of scouts and recruiters as part of the 2016 MHL Showcase.

For their part, the Bearcats added three points to their totals and came into this week in a solid third in the Eastlink South Division.

They’re pleased with that but disappointed with some aspects of their progress. Consistency, starts and turnovers were visible bumps.

The Bearcats went to Bridgewater, Friday, with thoughts of continuing an impressive road record. They were halted in their tracks.

The Lumberjacks start was far more impressive than Truro’s. They quickly put the Bearcats in a hole from which they could not recover.

In Truro, the same Lumberjacks executed the same opening; however, the Bearcat powerplay was sufficient to overcome the deficit.

Unfortunately, the game had to be settled by the Shootout. Truro came out on the short end.

For Truro’s rookie goaltender making his first MHL start, it was a bit disappointing. All in attendance were impressed with that performance and felt he deserved a better fate.

For some reason, the Pictou County Crushers tend to bring out the best in the Bearcats. The teams’ final Showcase appearance was a dandy.

Some last minute Bearcat heroics sent the game to OT. This time, the Bearcats came out on top in the Shootout.

This week, the Bearcats gear up for a two game weekend. Friday, the Summerside Capitals are in town and Saturday, the Crushers are back. Both games have 7:00 pm starts.

This will be Truro’s first meeting with the Capitals this year. The visitors are also in a re-build mode but guarantee to play tough Island hockey.

The Bearcats have two regular season wins over the Crushers. Obviously, the Pictou County club wants to do something about that.

It’s clear, things are starting to heat up.

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