Truro earns split on weekend New Brunswick road trip
TRURO - The weekend started on the right foot for the Truro Bearcats, but it didn't end that way.
The Bearcats (16-6-0-2) were on the wrong end of a 4-1 score with the Miramichi Timberwolves (14-6-0-2) Saturday after starting their road trip with a 4-1 win over the Campbellton Tigers (5-18-1-1) Friday in Campbellton.
The results leave the Bearcats in second in the Maritime Junior Hockey League's EastLink Division, four points behind the division-leading Pictou County Crushers (17-4-0-4). The third-place Yarmouth Mariners (16-7-0-0) are just two points behind Truro.
"Hockey is a strange sport sometimes and we just didn't seem to get the bounces," Bearcats goaltender Jordan Kennedy said of the loss to Miramichi, his former team. "We felt we played well and it was a back-and-forth game but they capitalized on their chances and we obviously didn't. It was a tough loss to take."
The win gives Miramichi a 2-1 edge in meetings between the clubs this season.
The Bearcats will get their chance at payback Friday when they host Miramichi at 7 p.m. before travelling to Amherst Saturday to take on the Ramblers (15-9-0-0) at 7 p.m.
After a scoreless opening frame Saturday in front of 821 fans, Truro forward Brandon Bazinet knotted the game 1-1 at 4:25 of the second period with help from Colby Lanceleve and Phillip Fife. But it was all the scoring the Bearcats could muster as Brett Malone, Jacob Vance and Bryce Milson sealed the victory for the Timberwolves.
Billy Gaston opened the scoring at 2:15 of the second period for Miramichi.
Kennedy made 29 saves while Clint Windsor picked up the win in a 30-save effort.
Timberwolves teammates Trey Lewis and Vance were ejected in the third period for instigating fights within the final 10 minutes of the contest with Mitchell Robillard and Matt Riley respectively.
Despite the Bearcats playing their second game in a back-to-back set on a long road trip, Kennedy refused to use the schedule as an excuse.
"We just didn't capitalize on our chances and they did," he said.
It was the opposite story the night before. The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead on second-period goals from Jeff Hanes and Lanceleve before Francis Theriault responded for the Tigers at 18:10. Truro's Daniel Poliziani and Lanceleve, with his second of the night, iced the contest in the third.
Jacob Fancy earned his 12th win of the season with 25 saves while Miquel Sullivan stopped 34 in the Campbellton crease.
"Our team is in really good shape and on that big ice surface the guys were really going," Kennedy said. "And Jacob (Fancy) made some big saves to keep the guys in it in the second period."
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