Bearcat Banter: Not In Our House

(Photo Credit: James Faulkner
# 9 Brandon Crowell
Dartmouth, NS
5’11”, 185 lbs.
18, Forward

The weatherman has done it to the MHL again.

For the Bearcats it meant the postponement of two weekend home games. Two before Christmas, along with these two, have to be fit into the existing schedule. It’s all understandable and will be dealt with but it doesn’t affect all teams equally.

The Trade Deadline has passed. In many aspects, it was one of the quietest in recent memory. In the Eastlink South Division the Amherst Ramblers have a number of new faces in the lineup, not all necessarily via trades. For the rest of the Division some tweaking has occurred. The
Bearcats might have been looking but have settled for those currently on the roster and in the dressing room.

The stress or fear, of being traded is now gone. The team will go as far as it can, with what it has. Truro has been adding pieces when the need matched availability. It’s been a good plan and will serve them well going forward. There’s depth in all three zones. When all are singing off the
same sheet, a long playoff run could be in the works.

The Bearcats enter this week second in its Division well back of Yarmouth but just a few points up on the Valley Wildcats, one of the MHL’s hottest teams over the last ten games.

Truro has a trio of games slated for this week — Thursday in Pictou County, then home to face Summerside on Friday, then Edmundston on Saturday. Truro has won three of five meetings with the Crushers. They haven’t met since mid-November. There has seldom been a time when the Summerside Capitals haven’t been considered dangerous. Their third place standing in their Division is misleading – they’re loaded with games in hand, as are the Bearcats. Edmundston is top in the North and second overall in the MHL. They’re clearly coming to town looking to add to their totals.

Bearcat-of-the-Week honours went to first year Bearcat Brandon Crowell. The Dartmouth native, following two seasons with the Dartmouth Whalers Major Bantams, moved on to Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island. He spent three seasons of Prep Hockey U- 15 through U-18. He started this season with the Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) before returning East to suit up with the Bearcats. He’s been a solid two-way player displaying skill and grit. He’s capable of playing multiple positions. Crowell was a 2020 draft choice of Pictou County and the Charlottetown Islanders.