Double Header In Sight

September 21, 2017
By Gerry Hale

A young Truro Bearcat club got its feet wet in the weekend, coming away with a split.

Both verdicts were deserved.

In Yarmouth, the Bearcats fell to a team which had its leg up on preparedness. The Mariners got a lead, then did enough to get the win.

While the Bearcat coaching staff knew what to expect from Yarmouth, the players had to learn it against a team rich in experience, speed and forecheck.

Truro came away with some simple lessons. You need to score more than one goal on the road to win games, most nights. Also, when chances are created, it’s important to capitalize on them. They can disappear quickly.

Saturday, they were successful in their home opener. It was early season hockey but the Bearcats played hard, spread the scoring around and appreciated getting the opening weekend behind them.

The County Aces were at the tail end of a three game swing through Nova Scotia. They showed no quit and indicated they’ve learned from the success of last year.

There’s an old cliché that stated if you don’t win on the road, you have to win at home. Well, Truro’s next five games are at the friendly confines of the RECC.

This extended homestand begins Friday when the Pictou County Crushers are in town for a 7:00 pm start. The Crushers have a strong crop of offensive returnees and will look for some early bragging rights. For sure, the competitiveness between these two rivals will be on the front burner.

Saturday, the Valley Wildcats will be in town for a 7:00 pm start. This team has fewer offensive returnees and will look for new faces to find their way in the MHL.

The Bearcat focus this week was to grow the Bearcat game. Work ethic, effort and desire to learn are not concerns. Getting combinations in order, exposing strengths, minimizing mistakes and general team building are the tasks at hand. This will be an ongoing process.

The players appreciated the response of opening night. They just want to get better.

It’s a double – header weekend.

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