Bearcat Banter: Even the Score

Once passed sixty minutes, anything can happen in hockey.

Sunday, in Pictou County, the old Crusher – Bearcat rivalry was evident. Not by way of shenanigans, but plain competitive hockey.

The Crushers opened the scoring in the first period. The Bearcats tied it midway through the second. The verdict went to the host early in OT.

At the end of the day, the Bearcats powerplay let them down. When struggling to score, those opportunities are crucial.

The Eastlink South Division, as in the North, had been further divided into two mini – divisions, for good reason.

Amherst, Pictou County and Truro constitute such a configuration. Scheduling has them playing eight times against the other.

Well, this weekend, Bearcat fans will have the opportunity to see these teams. Amherst is in town, Friday, and the Crushers are here Saturday, both games starting at 7:00 pm.

The Ramblers have been solid, winning five of their first six games. That success comes from a strong work ethic from a veteran club.

The Bearcats lost both outings to date in Amherst. It’s time to turn that around.

The Crushers are a veteran club as well. Offensively they have six returning 20 year-olds, several of whom played together since Novice.

The Crushers have won both meetings to date, both in New Glasgow. It’s time to turn that around, too.

This mini-division is a tough one, but it’s a good one to play in with natural rivalries and the promise of competitive hockey each outing.

The Bearcat roster has been reduced by two. Brandon Cianflone decided to return to Quebec, not sure if he will continue playing.

Cole Julian has requested a trade. The Bearcats wish them the best going forward.

The Honda MHL Thank You Week, and subsequent auction of the game jerseys was successful. Bearcat proceeds from the sale were topped up to $4,000.00 and passed on to the Salvation Army.

The Bearcats were front and center in the stationary Christmas Parade. Hats off to Debbie Brown, her crew and the Bearcats for contributing to this community event.

Remember – Teddy Bear Toss Saturday.