TRURO - Sunday's loss to the Western Hurricanes told the story of the Truro Bearcats major bantam hockey season to date.
Truro Bearcats forward G Blackmore battles with a Western Hurricanes player along the boards Sunday in their Nova Scotia Major Bantam Hockey League tilt at RECC. The Bearcats were defeated 5-2 after suffering a 4-0 loss to the Bedford Barons on Saturday. Matthew Veno - Truro Daily News
The Bearcats worked hard, had a lead only to watch it slip away. Once the momentum had shifted the Bearcats couldn't regain control and dropped a 5-2 decision at RECC.
The Bearcats (2-15-4) sit in a tie for 10th in the 12-team league with the Newbridge Senators (3-15-2), just three points behind Cole Harbour (4-12-3). The Hurricanes (14-3-3) sit in fourth spot.
"I thought we played good," Bearcats defenceman Cam Allaby said. "We just didn't have a good third period."
The contest was knotted 1-1 to start the third frame and the hard-working Bearcats managed to take a 2-1 lead just 25 seconds into the final stanza on a powerplay marker from Ben Higgins.
Then the wheels fell off. Bad bounces put the Hurricanes up 3-2 just over a minute later, chasing Truro starter Alec MacDonald from the net. But the Hurricanes kept coming and pumped in four more goals past Jack Lynds to put the game out of reach, in spite of the Bearcats never giving up until the final whistle. MacDonald made 16 saves while Lynds stopped 15.
G Blackmore notched the other Truro tally.
"You could sum it up like that," Bearcats coach Lou Lanceleve said, when asked if the game had been a reflection of his team's season. "But a lot of these teams are really skilled and we have to work hard to try to keep it close and compete. Our goaltending is very solid, we just can't finish at the other end.
Case in point was Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Bedford Barons. The Bearcats came out flying and peppered the opposition net with four shots in the opening three minutes, but one hit the crossbar and none crossed the goal line. Lynds made 35 saves.
"It's hard to keep on pushing when you're not getting the bounces but we'll just keep pushing and see what happens," Lanceleve, who added he is pleased with his team's work ethic and its improvement to this point in the season, said.
Allaby said it's important for his team to keep that attitude and keep working to generate chances because, eventually, they'll start to go in.
"We just have to keep it in our heads so we can win the next weekend," Allaby said.
The Bearcats are back in action Saturday when they travel to East Hants to take on Newbridge before hosting Cole Harbour Sunday at 1 p.m. at RECC.
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