Right The Ship

September 22, 2016
By Gerry Hale

If given enough opportunities, players can generally figure things out. Campbellton did.

Thatís the story of Truroís home-opener loss to the Campbellton Tigers. The Bearcats took far too many penalties and the Tigers made them pay.

The penalty-kill acquitted itself well in the early going but they were called upon too frequently. At the end of the day, the visitors scored three with the man advantage, and an empty-netter to seal the deal.

The Bearcats were not guilty of committing the undisciplined, retaliatory infractions. Truroís were just plain not-smart penalties.

Penalties which didnít have to be taken usually hurt. Penalties taken 200 feet from your net always hurt.

The Bearcats had entered the game with the energy and desire expected. The goal tending gave the team the support needed. However, you canít shoot yourself in the foot.

For a young team, the goal is to get better. That focus continued this week.

Some MHL teams are confident, with systems in place from the get-go. Others, like the Bearcats, are not close, but heading in the right direction.

This week the Bearcats play the Valley Wildcats in a home and home series. Valley will be at the RECC, Saturday (7:00 pm), then back to Berwick for a 2:00 pm rematch on Sunday.

Itís been four years since the Metro Shipbuilders franchise moved to the Annapolis Valley. Last year the club finished one point behind the Bearcats.

So far this season, the Wildcats faced defeat in four contests. Clearly they would like to use the upcoming weekend to change things around.

The MHL Showcase will be held in Truro October 9 to 11. All twelve teams will participate, each playing two games, with results reflected in the Standings.

The purpose of the Showcase is to expose MHL players to scouts and recruiters of all hockey levels. The opportunity to strut their stuff in this type of format is a huge positive.

Playing at the highest level is every players dream.

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