TRURO - Being one of the top teams in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, and in the nation, paints a target on the backs of the Truro Bearcats.
Because of that, the Bearcats understand the importance of bringing their ‘A' game to the arena.
"It's good knowing that you are at the top of the league, but in saying that, every team that comes into the rink really wants to beat you that night because you are the best team," said Bearcats forward Travis Fernley.
"You really gotta stay on an even keel so you don't get too high or too low. But it's definitely nice to be on top, for sure."
The Bearcats (10-0-0-1) host a pair of games this weekend at the Colchester Legion Stadium. Tonight, the Bridgewater Lumberjacks visit for a 7:30 p.m. start, while the Amherst Ramblers invade on Sunday for a 7 p.m. puck drop.
"Coming out strong and making sure we play a 200-foot game," Fernley said, when asked of keys to success this weekend. "We've played really well at home, so I don't think that's going to be an issue."
The Bearcats' blazing start to the season has the team currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.
The Bearacts have a talented mix of players, as they build toward runs at Eastern Canadian and national titles.
"We have good chemistry in the dressing room and all the guys are buying into what coach Evans is preaching," Fernley said.
Tonight's game kicks off a three-games-in-four-nights stretch for the Bearcats, who travel to Dartmouth Tuesday to play the Metro Shipbuilders.