Two strong outings put a bit of spring in your steps.
This mini-division hockey has created a different feeling. It seems every game is like a first-place game.
For this group, especially the returnees, it’s an early season boost to stay focused at a time when distractions are in full force.
Last Thursday, in Pictou County, the Bearcats scored six goals and got the saves when most needed.
Lack of commitment in their own end, allowing eighteen Crusher shots in the opening period, was a concern. This was adjusted, allowing but six in the third, en route to a big road win.
Saturday, the Bearcats played their best team game of the season, from start to finish. Truro rolled their four lines, everyone contributed and, once again, got strong goaltending.
This win over the Ramblers was the first for Truro in the three head-to-head matchups. When both teams are fast, with tenacious forechecks, it can get exciting.
Truro’s Special Team play was solid in both games. The Penalty kill was flawless in the three opportunities while the Power Play was good on two-of-three chances.
This Thursday, the Bearcats are back in Pictou County. Each has two wins over the other.
Saturday, the Bearcats head to Amherst, for the third time thus far in the season. Truro will be back there one more time before the Christmas Break.
All games are up for grabs. Whichever team in this grouping plays better on a given night will win.
Truro enters the week with a 6-3-1-0 record, markedly different from their record a year ago. It certainly makes coming to the rink more enjoyable.
COVID restrictions clearly curtailed the Summerside Capitals. To date, they played five games and their season is on hold through to the end of December.
The Capitals did receive some good news, though, being awarded the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian Qualifier for 2022.
All MHL teams are doing their best to play through these difficult times. It looks good on them.