The road to the MHL playoffs will have its bumps along the way.
The Truro Bearcats managed to get in a pair of games before inclement weather pulled everything off course.
Last Wednesday, the Bearcats and Yarmouth Mariners were able to finish the last two periods of a match-up started on January 17.
Truro had two goals to their credit when play started. As it turned out they were the difference in the 5-3 win.
The teams each scored three, allowing the Bearcats to end January on a six-game win streak, and giving them two wins in five starts against Yarmouth.
Saturday, the Grand Falls Rapid combined solid effort and good goaltending to end Truro’s streak. It looked good on a team seeking respectability as the last placed team in the Eastlink North.
The Bearcats opened with two goals in the first period. They were enough until the back half of the third when the Rapid tenacity tied things up.
The Rapid won it in OT, proving that no team can be counted out at any time.
Sunday’s home game against Amherst was postponed, but rescheduled for Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 pm at the RECC.
The Bearcats enter the week in third spot with 46 points, two behind Amherst and two up on Pictou County and Yarmouth.
As it turns out, Truro plays in Amherst Saturday, making their matchup this week huge ones. The Bearcats won four of the six meetings to date.
The Ramblers enter this week on a four-game win streak, including February wins over Edmundston and Summerside. They’re confident.
Friday, the Bearcats are in Yarmouth. The Mariners need wins and will throw everything they have at Truro.
The Bearcats have twelve games remaining, seven Divisional, five against the North, six at home and six on the road.
It’s clear what they have to do.
The Boston Pizza Bearcat Player-of-the-Week (ending February 4) was Reese Allen. The big winger has been huge along the boards creating space for his linemates.