By Gerry Hale
The Truro Bearcats continue to move in the right direction.
With five of the team's last eight games on the road, the Bearcats responded with a 2-2-1 record. The remaining games were at home and Truro was 3-0.
So, coming into this week, the Bearcats are second in the Maritime Junior Hockey League's Eastlink Division, four points ahead of Yarmouth and three behind the league leading Pictou County Crushers, now ranked No. 10 in the country.
Last Thursday, against the Crushers, the Bearcats blew a lead and watched the Crushers claim the win in the final period. Pictou County has a veteran offensive squad capable of finding a way to pull out a victory. The chances were even but the Crushers got the job done. It would have been great to get two points but it wasn't to be. Regardless, Truro's compete level was high.
On Friday, in Yarmouth, the Bearcats went from one emotional game to another. In this one, second place was at stake. The Bearcats administered the Mariners' fifth straight loss by using the third period to their advantage. Truro caught Yarmouth on a downward slope and capitalized. There's little doubt the Mariners will get that ship turned around sooner rather than later.
At home, Saturday, the Bearcats had a convincing 7-1 win over the Lumberjacks. It wasn't a thing of beauty but wins don't have to be. Truro has not played Bridgewater well in previous matchups. The wins were there but the quality wasn't. This time the Bearcats dug deep for a much better game against the Bridgewater crew. It capped off another successful weekend for the Hubtown squad.
As a unit, the Bearcats are coming together to be a solid team. There's no question a couple of additions would make the team stronger but the current group has improved and grown and kept the team in a nice spot in the standings.
Sitting in solid position at the Christmas break was a goal for the Bearcats as the post Christmas schedule should show the benefit of some home stands.
However, before getting too far ahead, the Bearcats are off to New Brunswick to play in Campbellton, Friday, then face the Timberwolves in Miramichi on Saturday.
These teams want the same result the Bearcats seek. Truro just has to keep doing what it does best and improve each outing.
TAGLINE: Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club