With wholesale roster change, expect wholesale adjustment.
The new look Bearcats experienced a weekend split. They can live with that.
Against the Pictou County Crushers last Friday, the team got off to a strong start, picking up a first period lead before the Crusher goalie shut the door.
The visitors did the rest of the scoring the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 win, their fourth in six meetings.
Saturday, the Bearcats opened strong and finished that way, picking up a convincing 6-1 over the Summerside Capitals, the Seventh ranked team in the country.
The Bearcat efforts were justly rewarded, and the newcomers made a strong contribution in all zones, none more so than the MHL debut of the Bearcat goalie.
The team effort was great to see. Credit the coaching staff and players for coming together in such a short time with such a strong showing.
A week ago, the Bearcats anticipated the acquisition of a forward and defenseman, both with experience.
The thought was to bolster areas on the team needing additional support; however, trade requests created a flurry of activity throughout several MHL rosters.
It was quite unlike any Trade Deadline witnessed in many years.
When the dust settled, the Bearcats acquired six new players, all of whom saw action on the weekend. The team may very well be stronger than at any point this year, and that can only be a good thing.
The Bearcat schedule has eighteen games remaining. Where the team finishes is totally in their hands. Let’s get at it and get it done.
Last week’s postponed game against Yarmouth has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 17 at the RECC.
Friday, the Bearcats are at Valley, then Sunday in Fredericton.
The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Jan. 14) was Lucas Canning who scored two and assisted on another in the win over Summerside.