Bearcat Hockey - good to watch

November 30, 2017
By Gerry Hale

If you leave early, you may miss something.

The Truro Bearcats showed once again they are prepared to play to the end. There may be lapses, here and there, but they won’t go away.

Clearly the opening two periods in the Miramichi game left much to be desired. When not playing the hard, deep game, the Bearcats leave themselves vulnerable.

Some line tweaking made for an offensive outburst in the third which saw the Bearcats score three goals in four minutes. Game over.

Saturday, the Bearcats came up short against the South Shore Lumberjacks but played them much tougher than the last meeting.

In this one, Truro played the right way. They limited the visitors’ chances, in fact, outshooting them. The time and effort was there.

The determining factor in the game was the Bearcat powerplay. It let the team down but their goalie was the Lumberjacks’ best penalty killer.

In both games, Bearcat goaltending was strong. Bearcat rookies came away with some lessons learned.

Tonight the Bearcats are in the midst of a three game-three- night stretch, visiting Pictou County to face the Crushers.

That team has struggled of late but a visit by a natural rival should be enough incentive to get back to what works. That game gets underway at 7:00.

Tomorrow the Bearcats end the week in Yarmouth. To move up in the standings, the Bearcats have to beat the teams ahead of them.

Tomorrow is a big day for MHL General Managers. December 1, all teams must cut back their roster to 25 cards.

Teams wishing to add players before the roster freeze on January 10 must have cards open. On that day, rosters are set for the remaining of the season with 23 signed cards.

This Saturday, Coach Evans travels to Etobicoke, ON, assuming his role as Assistant Coach of Canada East. Four days of practice and games will reduce the 40 hopefuls to a finalized 22 player roster for the World Junior “A” challenge.

Decisions, decisions and more decisions.

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