Bearcat Banter: Waiting Game

The MHL and its waiting game continues.

Things were looking good, with all teams high on preparation, and their respective venues looking for the green light to open up to meet the hungry hockey fraternity.

Things can change, though. Late last week the QMJHL had to shut down several Quebec franchises. That was a concern.

The spike in Covid cases in New Brunswick caused Hockey Nova Scotia to prevent teams travelling for games to that province. That was a concern, and lead to MHL cancellations.

Decisions by Public Health are pending for sure, it’s a tough call.

This week, the Bearcats must focus on what they can control —- getting ready for a pair of exhibition games.

Friday, they’re off to Valley to face the Wildcats. Saturday, they’re at the RECC to face the visiting Pictou County Crushers. Unless things change, that game will be played without fans in attendance.

This week, the Banter will begin to zero in on players. That’s a positive.

The defence-first game has served Truro well over the years, and it usually begins in the crease and extends outward.

This year’s tandem features fourth year goalie, Alec MacDonald, and rookie, Frederic Plaurde (18). MacDonald (20) was the MHL’s busiest goalie last year, finishing with a 2.93 GAA. He’s ready to go.

Plourde, a New Brunswick native, played the last two seasons with the Saint John Midget Vitos. Truro acquired his rights from Edmundston.

Defensively, the Bearcats will be led by returnees, Jack MacGovern (20, a fourth year Bearcat), Marc Aucoin (20, third year) and sophomores, Dell Welton and Dylan MacLeod, both 18.

Zach Bennett (20) brings size, a scoring touch, and experience to the backside. The Bay Roberts native was acquired in the off-season from Campbellton.

The rookie component features Truro native, Tanner Greatorex (17), a 2019 Bearcat Territorial, and Jacob Christie (18) a 2018 St. Stephen pick from the Dartmouth Midgets. This group is meshing.