Bearcats down Ramblers 5-2 in preseason action.
TRURO - Newcomers Jordan MacNaughton and Brandon Bazinet scored first-period power-play goals and the Truro Bearcats rolled to a 5-2 victory over the Amherst Ramblers Thursday in Maritime Junior Hockey League preseason action.
MacNaughton, a forward, was acquired from Steinbach of the Manitoba junior league, while Bazinet came to the Hubtown via a trade from Blind River of the Northern Ontario junior league.
Mitchell Robillard, captain Phillip Fife and rookie Chad Bannister netted other goals for the Bearcats at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Jesse Murphy-Hamer, shorthanded, and Ryan Caswell replied for the Ramblers.
Jacob Fancy started in nets for the Bearcats and stopped all nine shots he faced, while Jordan Kennedy, who was acquired in a trade on Wednesday, allowed two goals on 12 shots.
The Bearcats next exhibition game is Saturday in Amherst at 7 p.m.
The Canadian Junior Hockey League released its top-20 rankings on Thursday and the Bearcats are on the list at No. 17. The defending MHL champion Summerside Western Capitals are eighth, while the Brooks Bandits from Alberta, last year's national champions, are No. 1.