Bearcat Banter: Stay Focused

It’s crunch time in the Bearcat nation.

Truro enters the week down three games to one against the top team in the MHL, with Game Five slated for Summerside, Monday.

This is certainly not the best position to be in, but it’s clearly better than the ten other MHL teams previously eliminated.

The Bearcats know what they have to do to extend this series and they know it’s not an easy task before them.

In Tuesday’s Game Two, the Bearcats matched up well with the Capitals at times, however, the visitor’s firepower was too much, taking advantage of any cracks in the Bearcat game.

The regular season showed that teams making mistakes, forced or unforced, will pay the price. There was no team in the MHL which could pounce on opportunities quicker than Summerside.

Back in Summerside, Thursday, the Bearcats played straight up with the Capitals for longer periods, got some favourable bounces and received great goaltending to earn the OT win.

Many felt the Bearcats were still outplayed. Maybe, but the Bearcats showed heart and commitment to stay in the fray. Besides, you only count the ones which go in.

Saturday’s game at the RECC could be considered a missed opportunity, by some. The opportunity to tie the series before a large home town crowd was on the line.

The Bearcats had a great start and took a lead into the first intermission. There was a buzz.

The Capitals took exception to that situation. In all fairness, they lived in Truro’s end for much of the last two periods en route to a convincing win, putting the Bearcats on the brink of elimination.

If necessary games are slated for Truro on Wednesday and Saturday in Summerside.

The Capitals entered the Canadian Tire Cup Finals well-rested while watching the Bearcats and Valley Wildcats battle through seven games.

The Bearcats came in as the underdogs, determined to give their best shot. They forced the Capitals supporters to put the brooms back in the kitchen.

They also forced the Capitals to realize they can’t take any shifts off. Truro punished them for that.