Bearcat Banter: Busy Hands, Busy Work

(Photo Credit: James Faulkner
#2 Tanner Humber-Dredge
St. John’s. NL
5’8”, 160 lbs.
20, Forward

The Truro Bearcats played three strong games over the week but settled for a pair of wins. It was one of those “three games in three nights” portion of the schedule. Those are hard on the head, and hard on the legs.

Last Thursday in New Glasgow, the Bearcats got off to a quick start and never looked back. Along the way Truro scored two goals per period. The Crushers were unable to match that pace, losing at home 6-3. Key to the Truro win was its proficiency on the power play, capitalizing twice on four opportunities.

Friday, at the RECC, the Bearcats were down two before they kicked in with a four goal second period effort against the Summerside Western Capitals. All four of those goals were the result of Special Team play. The powerplay scored two while the Penalty Kill was credited with two short-handed goals. Those were impressive stats. Truro held an edge in shots on goal, adding three even strength goals in the third en route to a very satisfying 7-2 win.

Saturday, Edmundston opened a two-goal lead before Truro got on the board. The Bearcats reclaimed the lead in the third but the Blizzard scored the last two goals of the game to earn the 5-4 win. For sure, it was a close game between two evenly matched teams. In this one, playing well wasn’t enough to conclude the weekend.

The Bearcats outscored the opposition 17-10 over the three games. Five of Truro’s goals were on the powerplay. Those are impressive stats going into another busy week.

Wednesday, the Bearcats are set to host the South Shore Lumberjacks. Truro won the previous three meetings.

Friday, the Bearcats travel to Yarmouth, the sixth meeting between the two. The Mariners won three of the meetings to date. Teams always want to play well. This game allows the Bearcats the opportunity to close the gap between them, and even things up.

Saturday, the Pictou County Crushers are at the RECC. This will be their seventh meeting, with Truro holding a 4-2 edge in wins against.
This will be the last regular season meeting in Truro between these rivals.

Bearcat-of-the-Week honours went to third year Bearcat, Tanner Humber-Dredge. He scored a goal in each of the three games last week and assisted on four others. That’s what leaders do. To date he’s picked up 11 goals and 25 assists to lead all Bearcats in scoring. The 2020 Bearcat draft choice gave the Bearcats a full skill set and a willingness to play in the hard areas.