Bearcat Banter: Comeback Kids

     There’s no way anyone could have written a script to anticipate the way the Bearcats played for the week just ended.

     They played three games, coming away with a pair of wins.  In each game the Bearcats were in a deficit situation but managed to come out on top twice.

     Wednesday’s game at the RECC opened like no other this year.  The Bearcats scored early; the air rained Teddy Bears on to the ice; and they were forced to kill a seven-minute penalty.

     All that in the first few minutes.  By the ten-minute mark of the second period, they were down 4-2 to Amherst.

     Fortunately, they found their game, scoring the last four goals of the game to claim the 6-4 win.  It wasn’t pretty, especially allowing the Ramblers three powerplay goals.

#74 Zach Welsh
Halifax, NS
6’2”, 190 lbs.
20, Defense

     Saturday in Pictou County, the Bearcats didn’t get on the board until a third period powerplay goal closed the gap.

     The Crushers responded with a pair of empty netters to pick up the 4-1 win, giving each team two wins in their four meetings.

     Sunday, in Valley, the official recording shots had to be the busiest person in the rink.  Truro took 65 while the Wildcats had 49.

     At one point in this game the Bearcats were down 4-1.  They erased that by scoring the last five goals of the game en route to the 6-4 win.

     That game marked the beginning of the second half of Truro’s schedule.  They come into this week tied with Pictou County at 27 points and playing .500 hockey.

     This team is as deep offensively as any Bearcat team over the previous twenty-six seasons.  Consistency, however, has not been a strength, as yet.

     Wednesday, the Bearcats are off to Amherst.  They have won three of the four head-to-head encounters.

     Sunday, they’re back to Valley to face the Wildcats.  Truro has won four of the five matchups.

     The Bearcats wrap up pre-Christmas play Monday December 18 when they host the Yarmouth Mariners, who have won all three meetings to date.

     Best wishes to Simon Mullen and his Canada East teammates in the World Junior “A” Hockey Challenge.

The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Dec.10) is Zach Welsh.  He continued his strong defensive zone coverage, and chipped in offensively in all three games played, placing him among the top D-scorers in the MHL.