TRURO – The Truro Bearcats are inching closer to their opening day roster.
Bearcats general manager and head coach Shawn Evans made more cuts to his training camp list Monday morning, whittling the number of players to 14 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders. The Bearcats start the MHL season Sept. 13 in Campbellton against the Tigers. Their next preseason tilt comes Thursday in New Glasgow where they face the Pictou County Crushers.
“The majority of the team is here now and we like it,” Evans said Monday. “I like the makeup of the guys, the overall makeup of the group.”
Sent packing were draft picks Chad Bannister, of Halifax, and Quispamsis, N.B., native Curtis Hastings. Eskasoni’s Kaden Augustine and twins Perry and Jeremy MacDonald, who skated last year with junior C Spryfield, were also shown the door.
Evans said the decisions, as always, were difficult to make, especially in the case of Hastings and Bannister.
“Those boys had good camps,” Evans said. “But sometimes you have to make the decision before you want to and with school starting this week I thought we had to let them do their thing. But certainly, those two have bright futures down the road.“
Bannister will be returning to Steve Crowell’s Dartmouth-based major midget squad while Hastings will suit up with his Saint John Vitos this season. Evans said he’ll be keeping tabs on both players throughout the year.
But Evans said the task of forming the team is not over yet. He’s still watching what happens at major junior camps for any additions he may be able to make to his squad. Tyler Morrison, a member of the Bearcats last season for instance, is still at camp with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls.
“There are still a couple more cuts to make based on what happens above us,” he said.
The Bearcats dumped the Amherst Ramblers 2-1 Saturday in Amherst in preseason play. David Mosher scored the winner while Denver Lynds netted the other tally. Jordan Kennedy made 21 saves while Jacob Fancy, who also shared the net, stopped all 11 he faced.
Brock Morrison responded for Amherst while Richard Tingley and Rowan O’Brien split time in the Ramblers’ crease.
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