Bearcat Banter: Second half is on

Weather and hockey have one thing in common – both can change quickly, often without warning.

The Bearcats came through a stretch where they put up a three game win streak. Last weekend that came to a halt.

In Yarmouth, the Bearcats knew coming in they were facing the MHL’s top team, one capable of making you pay for your mistakes.

Well, the Bearcats gave them their opportunity to capitalize. A close game can get out of reach quickly.

The Bearcats had their moments but not enough of them. Besides, you have to believe you can win. If you don’t think you can, you’re right.

Saturday, the visiting Pictou County Crushers beat the Bearcats at their own game – getting the puck in deep, reclaim it, shoot.

This was another one of those games where being close isn’t good enough. Effort and desire were solid but execution fell short.

The Crushers won the last two outings against the Bearcats. Truro has its chance tonight in New Glasgow to answer that bell.

The Bearcats entered the second half of their schedule last weekend.

The mid-term report suggests consistency has been a problem.

With just three twenty year-olds in the lineup, the Bearcats have had difficulty keeping all on the same page, game to game and shift to shift.

This is a young team still in search of its identity. That can take time, as was the case last year.

Patience, trust and mental toughness are integral components of team success. Doing the basics consistently goes a long way.

The Bearcats enter the second half in third spot in the Eastlink

South Division, four points out of second. Statistically, the team is in a good position, and deserves it.

The final week before the Christmas Break is a big one requiring full focus. Tonight’s game in Pictou County (7:00 pm start) is a huge one.

Saturday, the Bearcats host the Valley Wildcats. That team underwent a coaching change and is seeking its identity as well. That game gets underway at 7:00 pm.

Take a break. Get out and support the Bearcats.