Bearcat Banter: Bring on March

The Bearcats’ first week back was a good week back.

After winning their start-up game in Yarmouth last weekend, the Bearcats faced Amherst Ramblers twice, and the South Shore Lumberjacks.

Truro won all three, in convincing fashion. That constituted a good week’s work.

In Amherst, on Heritage Day, the Bearcats opened the scoring late in the second period, then added a pair in the third.

The Ramblers were unable to respond. It was a good game, but it was Truro’s ability to find a way to win that was the difference.

The Ramblers set up shop in Truro’s end in the early minutes of the game in Truro, but it was the Bearcats who got the initial goal.

That’s when the flood gates opened. Truro went on to take a second shutout, back-to-back against the Ramblers.

In hockey, it’s when a goal is scored that matters most. Amherst exerted the pressure, but it was Truro who got that first goal. From that point on, that’s all she wrote.

Saturday, the Bearcats scored in each period to pick up the win over the Lumberjacks. The game lacked the intensity of the previous two.

Adjusting to the structure, or lack of, was sufficient to gain the Bearcats their third of the week.

Truro’s goaltending gave up one goal for the week. That’s what you call giving your team the chance to win.

On the offensive side, the Bearcats outscored the opposition 16-1. Everyone was doing his job.

This week the team was scheduled for three games. The visit to Yarmouth was postponed but road trips to Fredericton, Friday, and the Valley, Saturday are on.

The Red Wings are second in their division, in a battle with the Edmundston Blizzard for bragging rights behind the Summerside Capitals.

Truro and Valley have shared the third-fourth spot in their Division for much of the season. That makes the upcoming game a big one.

Truro’s schedule continues on the road next week with games in Edmundston and Grand Falls, Tuesday and Wednesday.

So. March will be busy with six road games on the docket before they return to the friendly confines of the RECC on March 12th.

Gas up