Next Season Begins

January 6, 2017
By Gerry Hale

Those closely connected with MHL play often refer to the startup of  hockey in January to the start of playoff action as the next season.

A lot can happen; things can change; and decisions are to be made. These are interesting days.

The Bearcats enter this phase of the schedule tied with Amherst for third spot in the Eastlink South Division with twenty Ė two games remaining.

The team is in good position but must continue to tend to business at home and then gain control of their road plan.

They come into this week riding a seven game home win streak to their credit. Twelve of their remaining games are scheduled away. Thereís work to be done.

Come January 10, all MHL rosters must be set at twenty-three carded players. The Bearcats have cards remaining and management is looking.

This is the time of year when the buyers and sellers cut their path. For those at the top of the heap and those at the bottom itís usually clear what they want to do.

For those in the middle, itís decision time. The return of two veteran players in December gave the team depth at a good time.

The club can choose to gain greater strength with the available cards but not at any expense.

A lot of factors come into play. Any addition canít disrupt the current rosterís cohesiveness. This young team has done very well to this point as they learned the junior game.

The team will live with what might happen over the next few days. Right now, the focus is on getting back into action.

Friday, the Bearcats are in Yarmouth to face the Mariners. Truro won the only previous meeting between the two.

This is one of the five head-to-head match-ups to come. The Bearcats know that if they want to move up in the standings, they have to beat the ones ahead of you, and the Mariners are.

Thatís motivation to bring your best.

Saturday, the Bearcats host the County Aces at the RECC (7:00 pm). This will be the last regular season meeting between the two.

Truro needed OT to win the last one. The Aces are the leagueís cellar dwellers but they donít play Truro that way.

Starting a game the right way is important. So, too, is this portion of the schedule.

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