Bearcat Banter: Back To Work

 It’s time to get back at it.

     The Truro Bearcats last played on December 18.  That night they defeated the visiting Mariners 5-2, to pick up their first win over the Mariners in four meetings this year.

     The Mariners opened with a two goal lead before the Bearcats got on the board.  Truro dented the twine for five unanswered goals the rest of the way.

     The Bearcats entered the Christmas Break in the Eastlink South Division with a .550 win percentage and in third spot, and with wins against all others in the Division.

     Pictou County and Amherst finished the 2023 portion of their schedules on January 31.  Things are tight again for those coveted playoff spots.

     Coming into this week, the Bearcats and Ramblers are tied at 33 points apiece.  The Crushers are one back.

#20 Brendan MacRitchie
Sydney, NS
6’2”, 202 lbs
20, Forward

     That’s much like it’s been for most of the season.  It’s only fitting these three competitors pick up the elimination process.

     Thursday, the Bearcats are in Pictou County to face the Crushers.  With two wins apiece in four meetings, there’s not much separating them.

     Saturday, Truro is off to Amherst.  In five head-to-head matchups, the Bearcats have won four.

     For supporters of these three teams, there can be no better way to kick off the New Year than by rekindling some old rivalries that go back well beyond the start of this League in 1967.

     Long time supporters of this League refer to this segment of the season as the “Next Season”, a term phrased by Jim Bottomley years ago to describe the play leading to the “Real Season” – playoffs.

     MHL managements know where they stand and what decisions need to be made leading to the Trade Deadline on January 10.

     Do they – stand put, acquire assets or remove assets?  Lots of factors to consider.

     The Bearcats have available player cards, and they want to get better for a good run.  Everything is on the table – stay turned.

The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Dec.18) was Brendan MacRitchie.  His second period goal against Yarmouth got the Bearcats on the scoresheet and was the first of five unanswered Bearcat Goals.