Bearcat Banter: Offensive Outburst

Photo Credit: James Faulkner

Two games, two wins, you can’t beat that.

     Fans who took in the two Divisional games saw a Bearcat offensive explosion.  The fifteen goals scored over the weekend more than doubled the team output over the first four games.

     In the Summerside game, the visiting Capitals got out of the gate quickly and scored early.  They were ready to play.

     The Bearcats did get on track and clearly matched the visitors in team speed, team play and physical play.

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

     It turned out to be one of those end-to-end games with all the good elements of the game on display.

     The lead changed hands several times en route to an OT finish.  After an initial scare, the Bearcats dominated, outshooting Summerside 8-0, with the winner coming in the last minute.

     Neither team left anything on the ice.  That effort was appreciated, as if the bar has been raised.

     In Saturday’s game, the visiting Valley Wildcats were victims of Truro’s quick start and smothering forecheck.

     Significant in the two wins was the contribution of all four forward units.  It was the commitment to team play that allowed the response to the Summerside start.

     The Bearcats got goals from ten players, including members of the defensive corps.  Throw in solid goaltending and you get a complete effort.

     This week, the Bearcats bring their game to Northern New Brunswick, they play in Campbellton Friday, then in Miramichi Saturday.

     The MHL Standings show these three teams close in points.  Truro sits second in their division while Miramichi and Campbellton second and third respectively in the Eastlink North.

     Over the years, the Bearcats usually faced the best the competition could offer.  Expect nothing less.

The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending Oct. 8) was second year Bearcat, Carter McCluskey.  He picked up a goal and assist in the Summerside game, then two goals and three assists against Valley.  He and linemates Alexandre Nadeau and Liam Welsh were on fire in both games.