Bearcat Banter: Full Steam Ahead

#21 James Beaton Inverness, NS 5’10”, 180 lbs. 19, Forward

It wasn’t smooth sailing all the way.

The week opened with an exhilarating OT win over the MHL’s top
team. That win was welcomed and a long time coming against the
Yarmouth Mariners.

The Bearcats followed up the next night with a shutout win over
the South Shore Lumberjacks. Clearly, it was one-sided.
That game brought an end to a busy February schedule, with the
Bearcat win streak extended to five games. It was a full month.

Thursday, in New Glasgow, the Bearcats and Crushers were
dead even going into the second period. Then the bottom came out of
the Bearcat game.

The Crushers, going into that game needing a win to clinch a
playoff berth, got a convincing one. They scored seven unanswered
goals over the last two periods.

The Bearcats bounced back Saturday with a road win against
the Lumberjacks, Truro’s seventh in eight meetings.
It wasn’t a given. The Bearcats fought back from three
Lumberjack leads, scoring four in the final period to secure the

The Bearcats wrap up their regular season play this week. It will
be a tough one in many ways.

The week will feature a home and home meeting with the Valley
Wildcats, most likely a prelude to Round One play. Valley is here
Tuesday, Truro travels to Berwick on Saturday.

The remaining two games are against teams out of playoff
contention. Wednesday, Truro is off to Grand Falls for a make-up

The Bearcats wrap up their home schedule against the Amherst
Ramblers on Friday, March 10. Truro has won six previous

It will be interesting how these games will be played. For the
Bearcats it’s about staying healthy, staying on the same page and
playing the way they want to play.

The 25th anniversary of the TSN Bearcats Allan Cup
Championship will be acknowledged during the March 10 game.
Bidding for the Hospice Jerseys starts March 8th and concludes
10pm on March 10th.

Congrats to Brooke Thomson, Brooke Williams and the rest
of the NS Canada Games Women’s Hockey Team for bringing home

Bearcat-of-the-Week honours went to second year forward,
James Beaton. The all-purpose player scored twice last week to move
into double digit goals scored.