TRURO – Rebounding from setbacks is the measure of any good team.
The Truro Bearcats bounced back from a loss a night earlier and some pressure from the Bridgewater Lumberjacks Saturday to beat their South Shore rivals 5-2 in front of 534 fans at RECC.
“It felt great to get the win,” Bearcats forward Tyler Morrison, whose goal mid-way through the second period stood up as the winner, said. “Obviously with a loss the night before we wanted to come out and make sure we got two points.”
The result pushed the Bearcats (8-3-0-1) into third place in the EastLink Division, four points behind the second-place Pictou County Crushers (10-3-0-1) and one clear of the Valey Wildcats (7-4-2-0).
The struggling Lumberjacks (1-13-0-2) are last among the division’s six teams.
The win was an important step in the right direction for the Hubtown squad, which was doubled 4-2 at home on Friday by the Miramichi Timberwolves (9-3-0-1).
“Sometimes you can get caught up thinking about a loss but you just have to forget about it and move on and get two points,” Morrison, a 19-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native, said.
Morrison, who also notched two assists, got Mitchell Robillard and Jordan MacNaughton tallies had the Bearcats in a 3-0 lead mid-way though the second period before Bridgewater pushed back to make it 3-2 by the 1:05 mark of the final frame on a pair of goals from Campbell Pickard.
But Jacob Smith responded for Truro just 45 seconds later to put the Bearcats back in control.
“That was a huge rebound goal,” Morrison, who leads the team with 15 points (7G, 8A) in 12 games, said. “They were getting back into the game and when Jacob scored it got our confidence back up so it was huge.”
Captain Phillip Fife iced the contest at 9:42 while Jacob Fancy made 23 saves for his sixth win of the season.
“We just threw pucks at the net and got some big saves and we just capitalized on our chances, which was huge,” Morrison said.
The Bearcats are back in action Friday when they travel to Kentville to take on the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. They return home Saturday to host the Summerside Western Capitals (4-10-1-0) at 7 p.m. at RECC.
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