All nine Leagues making up the Canadian Junior Hockey League
are fully engaged in post season play.
The goal is simple. Be a League winner and meet up with the
Portage Terriers, host of this year’s National Championship set for
May 11-12 in Portage la Prairie.
Gone are the days of the four regional qualifiers, such as the
Fred Page Cup. This is the second year for the ten-team Centennial
The MHL’s Metalfab playoffs started on the weekend. The first
MHL team to win twelve games will earn the right to head west to
The Truro Bearcats and Valley Wildcats got their series
underway Sunday in Truro. The visitors went home with a 2-1 win, and
a strong shot of confidence.
The Bearcats had a wide edge in shots-on-goal, but a veteran
goalie was up to the task. Some say he stole the game but the jury is
still out on that claim.
The bottom line was the Bearcats needed to be better. Clearly
the powerplay let them down; however, you can’t take anything away
from the victors.
Monday, in Berwick, the teams were dead even heading to the
final period. Neither team was able to find a way to end it in regulation
time, so it was off to OT.
Four minutes in, the Bearcats got it done. The series is tied and
Game Three is set for Wednesday at the RECC. Game Four will be in
Berwick, Friday, and Game Five is back to Truro Sunday.
The Bearcats’ special teams played a big role in the win. The
team scored in its only powerplay opportunity and the penalty kill
units nullified the four Valley opportunities.
Prior to the start of Wednesday’s game, the Bible Hill Kinsmen
make their annual donations to selected Charities.
This year $4,400.00 will be dispersed, making the total, after
twenty years, an impressive $91,000.00.
The Bible Hill Kinsmen – Truro Bearcat Partnership is a solid
one. Wayne McCormick, a Bearcat Volunteer and a Kinsman, was
instrumental in establishing the Partnership. It continues in his
Hats off to Captain Brendan Bays, for being named First Team
All-Star in the Eastlink South Division, an honour well deserved.
Bearcat-of-the-Week honours went to forward, Landon Miron.
The OT goal was huge.