Bearcat Banter: Reason games are played

The goal of all teams is to go deep into the playoffs.

Well, the Truro Bearcats and Summerside have achieved that and now look for more.

The Bearcats went seven games with the Valley Wildcats before tipping the scale in their favour. They earned it.

It was an intense series between two teams which played a similar way. There wasn’t much to choose between them, but Truro welcomed the outcome.

The team also welcomed the fan support, from both sides. The outburst echoed with Truro’s winning goal had not been heard in the RECC for some time.

It was an awesome, great finale to the Divisional Championship, giving Truro its eighth Nova Scotia Provincial crown.

Since the season started, most, if not all MHL observers felt the Summerside Capitals would be in the Canadian Tire Cup Finale.

They were the most dominant team in all departments and have been building for two years to host the Fred Page Cup.

Unfortunately, the team, and the Community, were denied that honour for the second season. Their sights are now set on winning this series, to book a ticket to the National Centennial Cup set for Estevan in May.

Three of the Capitals are members of the Eastlink North All-Star team. One of them was named MHL Player-of-the-Year. The team is also ranked third in Canada.

That’s the nucleus of a strong, deep Capital lineup. They present a formidable roster for any opponent in the country.

The opening Game resulted in a Capital Shutout win in Summerside. For sure, the Bearcats had their chances, just couldn’t finish.

Truro prepares for Game Two with a better knowledge of what they face. The team hadn’t met since before Christmas.

The victory last Saturday was not overwhelming, Maybe, just maybe the Bearcats exposed a little doubt in their opposition.

The Bearcats came to play. It’s that struggle between will and skill. A certainty will be that the Bearcats will give it their best shot.