Bearcat Banter: Nose to the grindstone

It’s important to stay on the winning side when playing close.

Unfortunately, in both games last weekend, the Bearcats came up short at the end. So near, and yet so far.

In the Friday contest with the Summerside Capitals, the teams traded goals through to the final frame. That’s when the Capitals took over.

The Bearcats hung tough, but that empty-netter sealed their fate. For the most part, it was a good effort against a gifted team like Summerside.

Let’s face it, when you score seven goals at home, you should win. Not so, as was the case Saturday against the visiting Pictou County Crushers.

The guy responsible for preparing the highlight reel and the goalies were clearly the busiest people in the rink. Both netminders would like some of them back.

The Bearcats matched up well against those teams. At the end of the day, it goes back to the details of the game. Good teams make you pay.

Truro has reached the quarter mark of the season, coming into this week in fifth place in their Division, eleventh overall. Their eight points came from a pair of wins and four SO losses (tops in the MHL).

Stats show the goals-for and goals-against are on the negative side (- 14). The powerplay efficiency rate is 13.1% and the penalty kill sits at 75.9

This quarterly report is less favourable than desired, but it is the quarter turn with the vast majority of games get to be played.

Likely there are plenty of theories circulating, but it all comes down to those in the dressing room and the game decisions they make.

There’s a way the team needs to play. Stick to it and enhance your chances. Deviate from it, things can unravel.

Emphasis continues on getting better, playing as a team, managing the details (large and small) and enjoying the process, and realizing nothing comes easily.

The Bearcats are in Berwick, Friday to face the Valley Wildcats (7:00). The Standings show both combatants need this one.

The Bearcats serve notice of a couple of meaningful events coming up: Pink In The Rink game (Nov. 9) and Teddy Bear Toss (Nov. 30)

Go Cats Go