Bearcat Banter: Back to Eastlink South competition

The trip from New Brunswick seems shorter when you have wins on your back.

The Bearcats earned a pair of them last weekend – one in a Shoot Out, the other in OT.

In Campbellton last Friday two evenly matched teams went deep into the shootout before the Bearcats picked up the win.

The goaltending at both ends was stellar, each deserving a shutout on their record. It took the skills competition to determine the victor in this one.

Saturday, the Bearcats overcame a two goal deficit to force, then win in OT. It helps when your goalie slams the door on the opponents’ shooters in the final regulation period.

Road teams tend to keep things simple and on script, tend to business, then find a way to win. The Bearcats obviously did all the right things.

Truro’s power play picked up one goal over the weekend, giving the club a 15.2% efficiency. That places the team middle of the pack in the MHL, and a concern being addressed weekly. The team’s Penalty Kill at 90.6% efficiency is tops in the League. That stat speaks volumes to the team’s success and standing.

Coming into this week, the Bearcats continue to share second spot with Amherst in the Eastlink South Division, three points behind Yarmouth. The Bearcats have no complaints.

This weekend the Bearcats are at the RECC Saturday to face the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, then travel to Berwick to play the Valley Wildcats on Sunday. Both games get underway at 7:00 pm.

The Bearcats have picked up points in the last nine games, opening up separation over teams below them, including the Crushers and Wildcats.

While the Bearcats goal is to continue to build on that, these opponents are hungry in efforts to move upwards. They will bring their best.

The Crushers have struggled, coming into this week with just two wins. That team is better than that. The Wildcats, with three wins, made a statement last week beating the Amherst Ramblers. The additional offensive acquisitions in recent weeks is paying off.

To move up the Standings, you have to beat those ahead of you — the Bearcats are their target.

Don’t expect the Truro Bearcats to go along with that.