In New Glasgow, Thursday, the hometown Crushers scored first, then the Bearcats went on a three-goal run.
The Crushers run in the second period was massive with six unanswered. It was Truro’s turn in the third when the Bearcats scored
While runs are important in baseball and basketball, they are far less common in hockey. The Crushers won this one 7-6, now the winners in three of the five head-to-head matchups.
Saturday, in Amherst, the Bearcats took a quick two goal lead before the Ramblers responded with three to conclude the opening period.
The teams traded goals in the second as the Ramblers engineered their second win in six starts against the Bearcats.
For sure, it was a rough January start but clearly an indication of the parity that exists in the Eastlink South Division.
Coming into this week, the Summerside Western Capitals are at the top in the South with 54 points, followed by Pictou County and Yarmouth with 36 points apiece, then Amherst (35), Truro (33) and Valley, as the spoiler with 14.
The Trade Deadline is January 10. Things have been busy and will remain so until the magic hour on that day.
The Bearcats were involved in a deal with Summerside when they acquired defenseman, Ian Dickie (18), forward Jarrett Todd (19) and a fifth-round pick, in exchange for defenseman Simon Mullen.
This week, the Bearcats have a home stand with Yarmouth in Town Wednesday, Pictou County here on Friday, and Summerside at the RECC on Saturday.
Skate with the Bearcats will follow the Saturday game – dust off the blades.
The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending January 7) was Alex Nadeau. He scored one and assisted on another in Pictou County, then scored a pair Saturday in Amherst.