The Truro Bearcats opened December play with a weekend split.
Friday, at the RECC, the Bearcats and South Shore Lumberjacks had their second meeting of the year. The Bearcats came away with their second win, but it wasn’t easy. Territoriality the Bearcats held a wide edge, outshooting the Lumberjacks 25-7 in the first period, with no goals to show for it. From that point on things were pretty even; however, the Bearcats utilized a pair or powerplay goals to claim the win.
Saturday, in Amherst, the Bearcats took a one goal lead into the final period only to see the Ramblers tie it to force OT. The Ramblers won it in the Shootout, Truro’s second Shootout loss of the season. This was the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams and Amherst’s first win in the head-to-head matchups. For the Ramblers, it was a long time coming. The Bearcats are accustomed to seeing the best the opposition can throw against them. No opponent can be taken lightly at any time of the year.
So, the Bearcats come into this week one point out of first place, behind the Yarmouth Mariners, with a full slate of games in store. Wednesday, the Bearcats host the Valley Wildcats. Truro has won three of the five games to date. Friday, the Bearcats travel to Bridgewater to face the
Lumberjacks. South Shore confidence is rising.
Saturday, the Amherst Ramblers are at the RECC. With a revamped defensive corps, the Ramblers look to move upward. Saturday is the date for the ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR TOSS in support of the Christmas Index. Bag the Teddy Bear, then toss it on the ice when the Bearcats score their first goal. Tuesday, the Yarmouth Mariners are in town looking for their second win over the Bearcats to even things up. It should be a dandy.
This is a full itinerary against Divisional opponents. There’s plenty at stake.
Last week the Bearcats added size and offensive flair to their defensive corps with the signing of Carter Ansems, a 2020 Bearcat
draft pick who was in his second QMJHL season.
Bearcat-of-the-week honours went to first year Bearcat, Kelsey Ouellet. He picked up the insurance goal in the 3-1 win over South Shore, an unassisted wrap-around effort. He came up through the Kapuskasing Flyer U18 Program before spending last year with the Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL), finishing fourth in team scoring with 41 points in 48 games and contributing 14 points in 15 playoff games en route to the NOJHL championships and an appearance in the Centennial Cup. He’s a 200 -foot player with a touch of grit.