Superb summer for atom defenceman
Goaltending appears to be a strong suit for the Truro Bearcats of the Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League.
CUTLINE #1: Truro Bearcats major bantam coach Lou Lanceleve, left, and his goaltenders, Jack Lynds and Alec MacDonald. SUBMITTED
CUTLINE #2: Bryson Currie
Especially considering their two puckstoppers – Jack Lynds and Alec MacDonald – will represent the province at the Atlantic Challenge Cup on Thanksgiving weekend in Moncton.
Lynds was selected to play with the Nova Scotia under-15 team while MacDonald was named to the provincial under-14 team.
Both attended tryout camps last month and both were understandably excited when they were told they made the teams.
“This is a big accomplishment for sure,” said MacDonald, 13, of Truro.
“I’m honoured to get to play for this Nova Scotia team,” added Lynds, 14, of North River.
Bearcats coach Lou Lanceleve believes both goaltenders have huge potential.
“Jack is my returning goaltender and he is as good as you’ll find in the major bantam league,” said Lanceleve. “He’s very strong technically, a fierce competitor and I wouldn’t trade him for any other bantam goaltender in the province.
“Alec is a big kid and a year younger than Jack. He is very solid and probably the best 2000 (born) goaltender in the province. They both can have great futures in hockey.”
With seven newcomers in their lineup the Bearcats have an early season record of 1-1-1.
“The players who have stepped up from peewee have made the adjustment well,” said Lynds, a Toronto Maple Leafs fan who is a Grade 9 student at Central Colchester Junior High School in Onslow. “This is a great brand of hockey we’re getting to play and our players want to be competitive. There’s a real good spirit in the dressing room.”
MacDonald is a Montreal Canadiens fan. He attends Grade 8 at Truro Junior High School.
The Bearcats play their next game on the road tomorrow afternoon at 1:45 p.m. against the Bedford Barons, one of the league’s top teams.
“This is an intelligent team and these kids are willing to learn,” said Lanceleve, of the Bearcats. “By making the players accountable, everything will come together.”
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Bryson Currie is in a great frame of mind as a new hockey season draws closer.
The young defenceman, who has been attending tryouts with Greg Mullen’s Truro Atom AAA Bearcats, enjoyed one of his best summers ever.
“I got to attend a hockey camp in New Glasgow with 70 other young players,” Currie, 9, of Truro, said. “We played two games a week for about four weeks. Then I learned I’d been selected to play for Nova Scotia Young Guns.”
The elite team, made up of eight and nine-year-olds from all over Nova Scotia, journeyed to Portland, Me., in August to play in the Lobster Pot Tournament.
“I was so excited,” Currie said. “We played five games including round-robin. It was my most exciting hockey experience ever.”
In the final game of round-robin play, the Young Guns defeated a U.S.-based team 7-1, as Currie scored two goals and was named the game’s MVP.
“That put us in the gold-medal game,” said Currie. “We lost a tough one 4-3 in double-overtime to the Maine development team. But we did get to come back home with a silver medal. ”
Currie, a Grade 4 student at Truro Elementary School, felt the past summer helped improve his game especially in skating backwards, handling the puck and passing.
Let the 2013-14 hockey season begin.
Lyle Carter’s sports column appears every Saturday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.