Home Opener

September 15, 2016
By Gerry Hale

Truro’s ten rookies had their eyes opened in the first weekend of MHL regular season play.

They clearly witnessed a wide range of situations, emotions and drama over the course of two days. They will be better for it.

In Campbellton, the Bearcats faced a team much like their own – young. An early lead was squandered but panic did not enter the narrative.

Without having the opportunity to play three-on- three overtime hockey, they were in the midst of one.

Obviously, the Bearcats were the better at the dreaded shoot-out. Coming out of Campbellton with this kind of win was a good reward for good effort.

Saturday, the Bearcats once again were first on the board but that opening goal was all they could muster. The Miramichi Timberwolves were clearly a different opponent.

Skilled players make you pay for any miscues. The Bearcats paid dearly.

Last January, the Timberwolves traded off many of their high end assets. Their return made them an experienced club functioning at mid-season form.

Truro’s mistakes were immature and rookie in nature. At this stage of the season it can be expected.

Fortunately, the majority of the hiccups can be corrected. For sure, they were being addressed starting with Monday’s practice.

Ideally, Truro would like to come out of a weekend in Northern New Brunswick with a pair of wins. The Bearcats will, however, accept the split and continue to get better.

This week the Bearcats focus on the return match-up with Campbellton. The Tigers will do their best to spoil Truro’s home opener.

That game gets underway at 7:00 pm at the RECC.

The Bearcats are a work in progress. They enter this week perhaps a whole lot more aware of what to expect at this level.

A young team is always exciting. Fans appreciate the raw talent and the desire they bring. Show your support and welcome the 2016-2017 edition at Saturday’s home opener.

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