The Truro Bearcats had a full week, coming away with two wins in three games played over four days.
Last Thursday, in Summerside, the Bearcats battled the Capitals straight up from start to finish but fell short by two goals.
It was a very competitive game where shots on goal were close, all goals were five-on-five efforts and there was no quit until the final buzzer.
The Capitals and Bearcats have split their two meetings, each winning on home ice. Fans look for six more battles between the two.
Saturday, at home against Amherst, the Bearcats broke open a tie game by scoring six over the last two periods.
The Bearcats won the game by four goals, but the game was much closer than that score would indicate.
Truro got some key rookie contributions and solid goaltending en-route to the win. In the two meetings this season, each has a home win.
The Bearcats wrapped up the weekend with an afternoon win in Berwick against the Valley Wildcats.
Truro was short staffed with thirteen skaters listed on the scoresheet. While the Bearcats had an edge on the shot clock, they needed some late game dramatics to pull off the win. The Bearcats have won all three head-to-head matchups between the two.
This week the Bearcats prepare for a home game against Fredericton on Friday, 7:00 pm at the RECC. Sunday, they travel to Grand-Bouctouche to face the West Kent Steamers for the first time.
The Red Wings are currently occupying the cellar in the Eastlink North Division, but just three points out of fourth spot.
In April 2023 the MHL approved the transfer of the South Shore Lumberjacks to Grand-Bouctouche. Since, the West Kent Steamers have vigorously worked at putting a contender on the ice.
Coming into this week, the Steamers are tied with Edmundston for top spot in the North. That’s an early success story.
On the home front, the Bearcats jumped to second in the South with their 7-4 record; Carter McCluskey and Alexandre Nadeau lead Bearcat scorers with 22 points apiece; and goalie, Yacine Chemrouk has impressed with his 6-2 record, 3.18 GAA and .910 Save Percentage.
The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Oct. 22) is Assistant Captain, James Beaton. His efforts are finally being rewarded. He scored both goals in the 4-2 loss to Summerside and opened the Bearcat scoring in the 5-2 win over Valley.