Truro tops rival 5-3 on home ice
TRURO – The Truro Bearcats knew the start of Saturday’s tilt with the Pictou County Crushers would be important.
Coming off a two-week break against a formidable opponent, the Bearcats were well aware the opening 20 minutes would make or break them. The Hubtown squad did just enough to stay alive, then found their legs in the second period en route to a 5-3 victory over the Crushers in front of 1,261 fans at REC.
“We survived that first period then won the second and I thought we deserved to,” Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said.
The result keeps the Bearcats (5-0-0-1) in third spot in the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s EastLink Division, but pulls them to within two-points of the second-place Crushers (6-1-0-1).
Stewiacke’s Colby Lanceleve scored a pair of goals in the opening frame to pull the Bearcats into a 2-2 draw after 20 minutes. The 19-year-old forward completed his hat trick in the second. The goal complimented a Kyle Tibbo marker that put the Bearcats up 4-2 and they never looked back.
Nick parker, who also scored for Pictou County in the first period, notched his second of the night early in the third stanza before Jacob Smith sealed the Truro win with a pretty tally at 5:49.
Jacob Fancy made 36 saves for the win. Brandon Thibeau made 41 stops in the Pictou County crease.
Evans said he was happy to see Lanceleve’s three-goal effort.
“Colby has the heart of a lion,” he said. “He’s been as good a player as any in our six games so far. He doesn’t wear a letter, but his leadership is important to our team.”
There had been a significant amount of anticipation leading up to the game as it was the first meeting between the two sides since a preseason fight-fest last month. But Saturday’s tilt featured just one fight as Truro’s Mitchell Robillard and Daniel MacLeod dropped the gloves in the second period.
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The outcome – Truro Bearcats 5; Pictou County Crushers 2
What it means – The Bearcats improve to 5-0-0-1 while Pictou County falls to 6-1-0-1
The scorers – Truro: Colby Lanceleve (3), Jacob Smith, Kyle Tibbo; Pictou County: Nick Parker (2), David Stephens
Attendance – 1,261
Next Up – The Bearcats are back in action Friday when they travel to Yarmouth to take on the Mariners at 7:30 p.m.