Bearcat Banter: Jump Start

The Truro Bearcats got what they needed, a timely win.

The win over the visiting South Shore Lumberjacks ended a skid which stretched into the previous week.

In Amherst, the Bearcats were down four goals before their push back began. They picked up three in the final period, ending the game with a respectable score.

The next night, in Pictou County, they again chased the game from the outset. A goal in the dying seconds of the final frame made the losing score a more respectable 4 – 2 verdict.

Saturday, the Bearcats took a sizable lead into the third. They almost squandered it but managed to gain the decision.

When goals are scored is important. Playing from behind is always challenging and closing the gaps unpredictable.

For sure, good starts are essential to enhance success. Playing to the finish is right up there with it.

Over the three games, it’s worthy to mention the play of rookies. Often they need time to adjust. This crop has stepped right up — not just with the Bearcats.

Special team play always requires work. Over the week, Truro’s Power Play was good on two of eleven chances.

The Penalty kill was solid, permitting two goals on fourteen chances; however, the Bearcats picked up a pair of short-handed goals.

Injury comes with the territory in physical junior hockey. Depth allows the team to compensate.

Bearcat rookie goalie, Frederic Plourde, has seen more action than he might have anticipated. He entered the November 7th game late in the second period and has played every minute since.

The 18-year-old from St. Leonard, NB, clearly has gotten his feet wet and earning his junior stripes. You have to be ready to take advantage of opportunities.

Remember, the Annual Teddy Bear Toss is set for Saturday, November 28th. When entering the rink, Teddy Bears will be received by awaiting Bible Hill Kinsmen. Let’s get behind this.

Truro hits the road Sunday for Pictou County to face the Crushers (7:00). The Bearcat’s next home games are scheduled for November 27th (vs. Amherst) and November 28th (vs. Pictou County).