There’s no question about it. There are battles for positions raging in both MHL Divisions.
The Bearcats have come through a week where they picked up one win in three outings, placing them fourth in the Eastlink South.
They’re playing .500 hockey and sit two points out of third. Really, there’s a log jam behind the Summerside Capitals with every verdict significant.
Last Wednesday, the Bearcats pulled off a 5-2 home win over the Amherst Ramblers. Once again, the game was closer than the score would suggest.
They’re two evenly matched teams who play high tempo, entertaining hockey. Truro has won two of the three head-to-head matchups.
Saturday, again at home, the Bearcats built up a three-goal lead before squandering a five-minute advantage where they could possibly have buried the Crushers.
That came back to bite them. The Crushers found life and basically took the game from Truro, scoring the last four goals of the game to go home with a 4-3 win.
Unfortunately, for the Bearcats, the last three goals against were powerplay goals.
Sunday, the Bearcats were shut out 2-0 in Yarmouth. A first period Mariner goal was all that was needed.
Both teams were short-staffed due to the upcoming Eastern Canada Cup challenge to be played in Trenton, Ontario, November 13-15.
This is a premier Junior A event where the five leagues in Eastern Canada (MHL, QJHL, NOJHL, CCHL, OJHL) send two teams.
Basically, it’s an identification camp to help chose a Canada East Team for the World Junior “A” Challenge set for Truro, December 10-17.
The Bearcats will be represented by Simon Mullen, Alex Nadeau, Liam Welsh and Yacine Chemrouk. Coach, Joel Isenor serves as Assistant coach of the MHL South Team. Congrats to all.
The Bearcats have another challenging segment to their schedule later this week. They’re off to Summerside Thursday, to face the 10th ranked team in the country. Saturday, Truro is home to face Yarmouth; then, Sunday, host the Capitals.
The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Nov. 12) is rookie defenceman, Logan Quinn. In Truro’s 5-2 win over Amherst, he scored a powerplay goal to open Bearcat scoring, then added two assists, including one on the winning goal. The Bearcat Territorial is gaining exposure in all situations.