TRURO - There was plenty of news Monday coming out of the Truro Bearcats camp.
The Hubtown squad surged up the national junior A hockey rankings, a pair of players earned recognition from the league and general manager Shawn Evans dealt forward Scott Pawson to the junior B ranks in Ontario.
A flashy home opener lifted the Bearcats to No. 7 in the country Monday morning as the Canadian Junior Hockey League released its weekly list. The Bearcats were No. 16 last week. The Yarmouth Mariners, ranked No. 3 last week, slipped to 18th spot. The Brooks Bandits of the Alberta junior circuit top the list.
Truro, off to a perfect 5-0 start to the Maritime Junior Hockey League season, gave the Campbellton Tigers (0-5) an 8-0 thrashing Saturday in their first game at Colchester Legion Stadium.
Colby Lanceleve potted a hat trick in the contest and was named one of the league's three stars for the week, while goaltender Shayne Campbell's 26-save shutout also garnered him a spot.
Lanceleve, a 17-year-old Stewiacke resident, now has eight points (3G, 5A) in five games this season, tied for tops on the team list with Brandon Pye.
Campbell, a 19-year-old Cambridge, Ont. native, has been a huge reason why the Bearcats have allowed just five goals so far this season, sporting a 0.98 goals-against average and .962 save percentage.
The Bearcats traded forward Scott Pawson to the junior B Listowel Cyclones of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League for future considerations.
Pawson, a 19-year-old Corbell, Ont. native, was on the low end of ice time for the Bearcats, playing in just two games this season. He didn't record a point.
It was also announced Monday the Bearcats will be going back to 7:30 p.m. start times for their home dates at Colchester Legion Stadium.
The schedule released at the beginning of the season listed Bearcats home dates for 7 p.m. in anticipation of the club moving into the new civic centre for the start of the campaign.
However, with the new rink not expected to be ready until November, the Bearcats will be staying in their current location on Lorne Street for several more games.