Quarterly report positive

October 27, 2016
By Gerry Hale

Donít squander the chance to put a team away.

The Dieppe Commandos did just that last Saturday. They had four consecutive power-play opportunities in the second period and couldnít capitalize.

Again, the Truro Bearcats were guilty of committing far too many stick penalties. The penalty-kill, while far from the best in the League, did its job to save the day.

The Bearcats were rewarded for their sixty-plus minutes of effort. They found a way to win.

Pulling the goalie to accomplish the victory is not an ideal way to win a game, but itís worked so far this year. Itís still not a good plan.

That game marked the one-quarter mark of regular season play. Being 8- 3 and in the mix is a good thing.

The team is moving in the right direction and coming together well as a team under some solid veteran leadership, on and off the ice.

The goaltending has been strong and those in front of the crease are giving a full effort.

The Bearcats enter the next quarter riding a four game win streak and realizing the need exists to keep on improving.

Two areas under the microscope are puck management, particularly in the defensive zone, and the need to reduce the number of penalties. They donít go unmentioned.

This week, the Bearcats are off to Bridgewater, Friday, to play the South Shore Lumberjacks.

Saturday, theyíre at the RECC to face the Lumberjacks (7:00 pm), then Sunday, the Amherst Ramblers are in town for an afternoon game (2:00 pm).

Truro hasnít matched up well with the Lumberjacks in previous meetings this year. South Shore won both encounters, relying heavily on speed and size.

The Ramblers, the longest serving team in the MHL, are loaded with veteran talent. That old Bearcat Ė Rambler rivalry gets reactivated this weekend.

Things are just starting to heat up.

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