By Gerry Hale
Packing three games into as many nights is no easy task.
Bearcats start strong.
It is, however, all part of the junior hockey experience in the MHL and all teams have to go through it by times, regardless of geographical location.
The key to success is to have all the horses ready to play one game at a time while insuring the tank doesn't go empty before completion of the run.
Hats off to the Truro Bearcats for coming through the weekend hockeyfest with all six points coming their way.
In Woodstock, the Bearcats had plenty of jump to open the game and that proved to be the determining factor in the outcome.
The Slammers challenged, but the Bearcats didn't allow them too much room nor did they give them anything to grasp.
In Truro on Saturday the Bearcats had to overcome jitters related to their home opener, en route to a big win over the Amherst Ramblers.
The Ramblers are a big, strong, tough opponent who will give the Bearcats a run each outing. The Bearcat control of the third period scoring spelled the difference.
Sunday, the Valley Wildcats showed they were going to be around for the full 60 minutes. They impressed with their tenacity in the offensive zone.
Truro came through with the dynamic duo of timely goals and timely saves. That combination has served the franchise well.
Reflecting on the weekend action, it's obvious the Bearcats made good use of the third period in each game.
It also showed that contributions came from everyone who suited up over the three-game span.
And Sunday, the Bearcat powerplay showed life. Now it's time to refine it.
Again this year, the Bearcats are out of the gate quickly, accumulating points that will come in handy down the road.
To date, the focus has been on playing Bearcat hockey. Attention now will be on the intricacies of the game.
The Bearcats don't play again until Oct. 5, when the Pictou County Crushers come to town.
A solid week of practice, a weekend off, then back to the grind constitute the foreseeable future. That's a good plan for the fourth-ranked team in the country.
Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey team.