TRURO – It was a beatdown in D-town.
The Truro Bearcats (13-0-0-1) gave the Metro Shipbuilders (2-14-0-1) an 8-2 thrashing in front of 223 witnesses at Dartmouth Sportsplex Tuesday in the Maritime Junior Hockey League.
Truro now has a three-point cushion over the Yarmouth Mariners (12-4-0-0) atop the EastLink Division while the Shipbuilders sink deeper into the basement, three points adrift of the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (4-13-0-0).
The victory is the third in a row for the Bearcats after a shootout loss to the Summerside Western Capitals (11-2-2-0). Truro has yet to lose in regulation this season.
Dylan McGuigan led the Bearcats with a pair of goals and earned the game's first star, while Patrick Downe, Kyle Morrison and Philip Fife each skated away with a goal and two assists. Travis Fernley collected a goal and a helper, Colby Lanceleve and Adam Guy notched single markers and Tyler Morrison had a pair of assists.
Shayne Campbell made 29 saves for the win while Jeff Arkin took the loss with 31 stops.
J.P. Harvey and Ryan Davis did the Metro scoring.
In spite of a pair of wins on the weekend, the Truro Bearcats remain ranked second in the country.
The Bearcats are one spot behind Alberta’s Brooks Bandits after wins over the Bridgewater Lumberjacks and Amherst Ramblers (9-4-2-0).
The Bearcats are joined on the list by Summerside, which moved up to 15th, and the Yarmouth Mariners (12-4-0-0), who fell out of the top-20 but earned an honourable mention.
The Bandits are off to a 16-0 start in which they've pumped 87 goals into opposing nets while allowing just 37 to top the Alberta Junior Hockey League.
The weekly rankings are based on several factors, including the league in which the teams play, winning percentage, record, points and goals-for and against among others.
Truro sports a sparkling .962 winning percentage and have allowed just 21 goals while scoring 59. Truro has allowed just 344 shots, 86 less than the Woodstock Slammers (9-4-1-0) who are next on the list.