TRURO – Not quite how the Truro Bearcats wanted to start 2013.
The Bearcats (21-6-0-3) are winless in the new year after dropping both weekend contests on the Maritime Junior Hockey League circuit. Truro dropped a 6-4 decision to the Summerside Western Capitals (26-6-2-0) Sunday in Summerside after falling 3-1 to the Woodstock Slammers (18-11-2-0) Saturday on home ice.
The results leave the Bearcats on a three-game losing skid and in second in the EastLink Division with 45 points. They lost ground to the first-place Yarmouth Mariners (25-5-1-0), who stretch to 51 points on a pair of weekend wins.
“We’re definitely disappointed with the results,” Bearcats defenceman David Mosher said. “It would have been nice to come out with two wins.”
Sunday’s setback came in spite of a late-game charge from the Bearcats who got goals from Kyle Morrison, Tyler Morrison and Philip Fife in the final 10 minutes.
Mosher notched the other Bearcats tally mid-way through the second frame and assisted on Fife’s tally for a two-point night. Fife also recorded an assist. Shayne Campbell was tagged with the loss in a 30-save performance in front of 1,317 at Credit Union Place.
Christopher Caissy, Justin Rasmussen and Mitchell Maynard spotted the Capitals a 3-0 lead in the opening 20 minutes and never looked back, stretching the cushion to four by 7:30 of the second period. After Mosher made it 4-1, Colton Parsons restored the four-goal lead at 9:55. Maynard used his second goal of the game at 5:39 of the final stanza to make it 6-1 Summerside.
Jacob Riley made 36 saves in the Summerside crease.
“We got off to a slow start and we didn’t really get going until the end of the third when we really started scoring,” Mosher said. “But it was too late to do anything then.”
Daniel Perigo scored the lone Truro goal Saturday with help from Jeff Hanes in front of 601 fans at Colchester Legion Stadium. Campbell stopped 16 shots.
Simon-Pier Chamberland made 33 stops in the Woodstock net and got support from Ryan Purvis, EJ Faust and Ian Lewis.
Both contests featured some rough play in the dying minutes with Kyle Morrison and Rasmussen receiving game misconducts after the final buzzer Sunday. Saturday’s game featured a tilt between Truro’s Dylan McGuigan and Ryan Purvis of Woodstock inside the final 10 minutes.
Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said his team played a strong game Saturday but got just what it deserved in Sunday’s matchup.
“As a coach, sometimes you can be disappointed in the result but happy with how your team played,” Evans said. “(Yesterday) I was disappointed with how we played.”
But Mosher said he feels he and his teammates are on the right track and will be better their next time out when they travel to Amherst Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.
“If we can play a full 60 minutes like we did (yesterday) in the third period we’ll definitely start winning again,” he said. “We just have to learn to score again.”
NOTE: The Bearcats were without the services of forward Jordan Coccimiglio, who is still home in Burlington, Ont.
The six-foot-one, 199-pound centre underwent an MRI on his shoulder on Friday and is scheduled for another on his wrist today. The outcome should determine when he’ll return to the Bearcats. He’s been out of the lineup since Nov. 4. Truro has just six wins in 14 games since.
Coccimiglio has 12 points (8G, 4A) in 16 games.
“We’re missing him,” Evans said. “He gives a lift to our team. When you’re winning it’s easy not to miss somebody but when you’re not, we’re not panicking but we want to do well and we need able bodies to help us.”
Evans has until Thursday’s deadline to finalize the Bearcats’ roster.