Bearcat Banter: Looking For Home Cooking

Photo Credit: Ken Chetwynd

The Truro Bearcats put together another impressive weekend, again winning a pair against divisional rivals.

Friday, in Berwick, the Bearcats blew open a close game with three goals in each of the second and third periods. Truro was clearly flying around, apparently directing 63 shots on the Valley goaltender. In some respects, it was a mismatch, that night. Saturday, in Yarmouth, the Bearcats needed some extra time to earn the win. The Mariners forced overtime with three seconds remaining on the clock. Just over a minute into the OT, the Bearcats picked up the winner in an intense, competitive game. It was a character road win.

These three teams are so very close in so many ways. Points are clearly earned in their head-to-head encounters, and no team can let
its guard down. So, coming into this week, the Bearcats sit in top spot in the Eastlink South Division with 20 points, followed by Yarmouth with 19, and Valley tied with Amherst with 15 apiece. There’s not much breathing room there. The Bearcats are anticipating some good home cooking with their next four games scheduled for the RECC.

Friday, the Pictou County Crushers are in town; Saturday, the Valley Wildcats return; and, in a rare Tuesday game, the Bearcats will host the Campbellton Tigers. All games have 7:00 pm starts.

To date, the Bearcats have won two-of-three against Pictou County and Valley. If the visitors require any motivation to bring their “A” game, that should be enough. Campbellton brings a team loaded with major junior experience especially in the Offensive zone. Four of the Top 10 scorers in the MHL this season wear the Campbellton Tigers uniform.

The Bearcats have hit the quarter turn of their schedule. They like where they are while still adjusting to acquisitions and finding their identity.
The team has scored 19 more goals than against, are riding a four-game win streak, winning eight of their last 10. It’s all good.

Bearcat-of-the-Week honours went to Truro’s newest acquisition, Lucas Canning. The big winger scored a pair in the win over Valley, and in each game has a physical presence. He came up through Pictou County’s Wear Well Bombers Major Bantam scoring 40 goals and 26 helpers in 31 games in his second Bantam season. After scoring 30 in his only Weeks Major Midget season, he moved on  to play the last two seasons with the Cape Breton Eagles. He started the season with the Quebec Remparts before finding his spot with the Bearcats.

#89 Lucas Canning, Stellarton NS, 6’0, 223lbs,
18yo, Forward