TRURO – As the old saying goes, two outta three ain’t bad.
Just don’t tell that to the Truro Bearcats.
A perfect 3-for-3 weekend for the Bearcats (26-7-0-4) was thwarted Sunday by the Amherst Ramblers (24-9-3-2), who came into the Hubtown and beat Truro 4-1 in front of 386 fans at Colchester Legion Stadium. Truro was looking for its third win in as many nights after beating the Dieppe Commandos (19-15-1-3) 6-3 Saturday in front of a crowd of 652 and doubling the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (7-32-0-2) 4-2 Friday.
The setback leaves the Bearcats three points shy of the Yarmouth Mariners (29-8-1-0) for top spot in the EastLink Division. Truro was unable to gain any ground on the South shore squad over the weekend thanks to a pair of Yarmouth wins over Amherst Saturday and Pictou County (21-15-4-1) on Friday.
The Ramblers lie in third spot in the division.
Dylan McGuigan got the Bearcats rolling with a goal at 8:34 of the opening frame but Amherst pulled even with a power-play tally from Jeff MacPherson at 16:43.
Kody Orr padded the Ramblers’ lead, again with the man advantage, at 1:28 of the second period and Jacob Conrad put the contest out of Truro’s reach at 2:19 of the third. Danny Harquail potted an empty-netter with 1:28 to go.
Shayne Campbell suffered his sixth loss of the season after making 21 saves while Richard Tingley’s 29 blocked shots earned him the victory.
It was a much different story the rest of the weekend for the Bearcats, who had no trouble finding the back of the net.
On Saturday, Kyle Morrison, the team’s leading scorer with 53 points (21G, 32A) in 35 games, scored twice while David Mosher, Grant West, Philip Fife and Cal Gloade provided single tallies. Campbell stopped 22 shots for the win.
On Friday, West powered the Bearcats with a hat trick and Morrison notched the other marker. Mitchell Robillard had three assists and Jacob Fancy needed 21 saves for his fifth win of the season.
The Bearcats jump right back into action Tuesday when they travel to Dartmouth to take on the Metro Shipbuilders (4-37-0-1) at 7 p.m. before heading to Amherst for a make-up contest Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.