The weekend split helps, in many ways.
The Truro Bearcats came through a rough stretch in the schedule where they lost five games. They needed to change the channel.
Last Friday, the team brought that to an end. It was a game they should have won and, more importantly needed to win.
After a sluggish start, the Bearcats pulled together to claim the shutout win. They were on the right side this time.
Truro didn’t give Valley much and received a full contribution from all. Finally, the team was able to have some twenty year olds back in the lineup.
Sunday, the Yarmouth Mariners continued their winning ways over the Bearcats. Momentum changes were very prominent in this one.
The Bearcats came back from a three goal deficit to take a two goal lead into the third period; however, the Mariners, as has been the case all season, found a way to get the win.
The Bearcat effort was a good one, making the loss a disappointing one to the players. They played the full sixty minutes.
There are reasons why the Mariners have been the leaders of the Eastlink South pack all season. They play with focus, discipline and patience. You can’t make mistakes playing them, without paying the price.
The Bearcats did, however, come away with many positives from weekend play. With the schedule getting shorter by the day, they must focus on keeping their composure while minimizing their missteps.
They will be challenged. This week they face Summerside, South Shore and Amherst.
First up, the MHL’s top team, the Summerside Capitals are at the RECC on Friday. Last month the Caps earned an OT win over the Bearcats.
Saturday, the South Shore Lumberjacks are in town. This is one game the Bearcats need to win. The Lumberjacks have been chasing Truro all season, and closed the gap between them.
Monday, the Bearcats are off to Amherst to face the Ramblers in a game slated for 2:00 pm. That team still has its sights set on the top spot in the Division.
There is nothing easy down the stretch. The Bearcats know they have their work cut out for them.