TRURO - In spite of a blemish on their perfect record, the Truro Bearcats moved up another rung Monday morning in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.
The Hubtown squad was listed at No. 2 in the country on the weekly chart, moving up from third last week.
The Bearcats pace the 11-team Maritime Junior Hockey League with a 10-0-0-1 (W-L-OL-SL) record, their only setback coming Sunday in a 2-1 shootout decision to the Summerside Western Capitals. Their start to the season is the best in the team's history.
The Bearcats defeated the Caps 4-1 Saturday on home ice after handling the Dieppe Commandos 5-2 Thursday in Dieppe.
A big part of Truro's success thus far has been its air-tight defence, which has allowed a league-low 15 goals, 18 fewer than the next best Yarmouth Mariners, who are the only other MHL team on the national list at No. 16.
The Bearcats are also operating at 91.89 per cent efficiency on their penalty kill.
Alberta's Brooks Bandits continue to top the national rankings while Ontario's Trenton Golden Hawks round out the top three.