Road trip

September 29, 2016
By Gerry Hale

And the crowd went wild.

Well, not exactly wild, but the Bearcat faithful soundly showed their approval. A three-goal outburst in the final period can do that.

For the first two periods of Saturdayís game, there wasnít a lot to cheer about. A young team, unsure of their play and not wanting to make mistakes, clearly isnít a recipe for exciting hockey.

Some veteran leadership changed that. The Bearcats got down to basics, engineered a comeback and played their best period of the season.

A wide-open overtime and a shoot-out victory over Valley made things interesting. Shootouts havenít been kind to the Bearcats over the years but this group now has two successful ones.

Truro took its improved confidence level to the Valley for the rematch, recording a convincing win. The carry-over was obvious.

All teams want to win on the road, but it isnít an easy task. Whatís always needed is good leadership and strong goaltending.

Truro got both.

From the get-go the Bearcats were attempting the right things. By the middle frame Truro had established how they wanted the game played. It was a worthy win.

The Bearcats needed a weekend like that. They entered this week in the middle of the pack, looking to get better and grow their game.

Tonight, the Bearcats are in New Glasgow for a 7 p.m. game with the Pictou County Crushers, unbeaten thus far this year.

Since Halifax Team Pepsi moved its franchise to Pictou County to start the 2004- 2005 season, a natural rivalry has been rekindled.

The Crushers are defending Kent Cup champs, with skill up front and depth in the defensive zone. This should be a good early season test for the Bearcats.

Thereís no doubt both teams look forward to this match-up. The intensity will surface early.

This would be a great road trip to make.

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