Bearcat Banter: Little Breathing Room

  It would be hard to imagine a more demanding weekend schedule than the one the Bearcats just faced.

     It was Summerside, then Yarmouth, then Summerside over the three days.  It just doesn’t get any tougher.

     In Summerside, Friday, the goals came quickly and often with seven on the board by the end of the first period.

#18 Carter McCluskey
Grand Bay-Westfield, NB
5’10”, 175 lbs.
20, Forward

     The Bearcats scored a pair in the second to enter the final frame up one, only to see the Capitals tie the game, then win early in the OT.

     Let’s face it – if you score six goals on the road, you should win.  It doesn’t matter if it could have gone either way.

     Saturday, at the RECC, the Yarmouth Mariners picked up their second win in as many starts against the Bearcats.  Truro is off to Yarmouth this Saturday.

     Early Mariner goals forced the Bearcats to chase the game.  They made a good run for it but came up short in the 4-3 verdict.

     Against Summerside, Sunday at the RECC, the Bearcats fell behind three goals before they got on the score sheet enroute to forcing OT.

     Unfortunately, for the second time in the weekend the Capitals topped the Bearcats in the extra session.  This gives Summerside four wins in five meetings with Truro, with little to separate them in goals for and against, actually they scored four more than Truro over five games.

     Coming close in horseshoes can be a good thing.  In hockey, it can be disappointing, especially when you’re right there, with three one goal losses in a week.

     Thursday, the Bearcats are in Pictou County to face the Crushers.  Each has a win in their two meetings.

     Check the Standings.  The Crushers won their last three and are a hot 6-4-0 over the last ten games.  This one is big for both the Crushers and Bearcats.

     The three longest rivals in the MHL (Truro, Amherst, Pictou County) enter the week with 19 points apiece.  This ups the ante on any and all future meetings.

     The Kinsmen Teddy Bear toss is set for Wednesday, Dec. 6.  Let’s support this worthy venture again this year.

The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Nov. 19) is the MHL’s leading scorer, Carter McCluskey.  He had points in each of the week’s three games, adding 3 goals and 5 assists to bring his total to 38 points.