Bearcat Banter – Great Start

For a young team there are a couple of things you need to get out of the way.

The Truro Bearcats have successfully experienced two of them over the first eight days of their schedule — winning on the road and winning at home.

Both tests showed the compete level was solid. For the fans taking in the Home-Opener, they saw a team with jump and tenacity.

Like any young team at this stage of a season, there were mistakes which cost, even when the work ethic was constant. That’s called learning.

In Saturday’s win over Valley, the Bearcats clearly had the upper
hand, in the early going. Some decisions and penalties created a
momentum change but the Bearcat recovery was prompt against the no-
quit Wildcats.

Easing deeper into the schedule is over. Up next is a full diet of Eastlink South competition where the Bearcat stamina will be examined with three games over four nights, starting last night at the RECC against the Amherst Ramblers.

Tonight, the Bearcats are in Pictou County to face the Crushers, 7:00 pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Crushers have a solid nucleus of returning players, all of whom were dissatisfied they did not experience post-season play last year.

They come into this game with four games under their belts. Improving upon their one win – one loss – two overtime losses is clearly on their minds.

This rivalry is well established and always at the kindling point. Neither club will spare any enthusiasm for this head – to – head matchup.

Saturday the Bearcats travel to Yarmouth for a 7:30 pm game against the Mariners.

The Mariners have three wins and a Shootout loss to their credit. They, too, have a strong corps of returnees.

The Mariners and Bearcats had a spirited First Round last year, with the Mariners tipping the scales in Game 7 to move on. It could have gone the other way.

The 2018 – 2019 campaign in the Eastlink South Division is gearing up to be a dandy. The Ramblers, as hosts, are in the Fred Page Cup later this year, but no team in this Division is prepared to hand them anything.

This steady diet of Divisional Competition will serve the Bearcats well.