Truro doesn't let up on struggling Bridgewater squad
TRURO - The Truro Bearcats beating of the Bridgewater Lumberjacks Saturday started and ended with Kyle Tibbo.
The 17-year-old Conception Bay South, Nfld., native scored the first and last of the Bearcats' (19-7-0-2) seven goals as they blanked the Lumberjacks (2-24-3-2) in front of 530 fans at RECC.
"We've put together a few good wins lately so to get a big win to end the weekend is really good," Tibbo, a five-foot-11, 195-pound forward said.
The victory was the second in two nights for the Bearcats, who also downed the Dieppe Commandos (18-6-2-0) 4-2 on Friday in Dieppe.
Truro sits second in the EastLink Division, six points behind the Pictou County Crushers (21-4-0-4). The Bearcats have a three-point edge over the third-place Yarmouth Mariners (18-8-1-0).
The struggling Lumberjacks sit in the division basement.
Tibbo credited the victory to not letting up on the Lumberjacks, in spite of building a comfortable lead.
"We just played a full 60 minutes," he said. ‘Sometimes, earlier in the year, we ended up slacking off for a period but we just played hard for three periods and didn't give them a chance to get back in the game."
Tibbo opened the scoring at 17:24 of the opening frame.
Captain Phillip Fife made it 2-0 for Truro just 1:43 into the second period before Denver Lynds, on the powerplay at 9:24, and Mitchell Robillard (18:56) put the Bearcats into the driver's seat with a 4-0 cushion.
The Bearcats kept pouring it on in the final frame with a goal from Brandon Pye at 1:45, Lynds with his second at 3:39 and Tibbo finishing things off at 7:16.
Jordan Kennedy posted the shutout with a 30-save performance to be named the game's first star. Lynds was second star while Fife, who added a pair of assists for a three-point night, rounded out the list.
Lynds' third-period marker chased Bridgewater starter Jeff Arkin from the crease after surrendering six goals on 39 shots to be tagged with the loss. Cory Peterson stopped nine of the 10 shots he faced the rest of the way.
Tibbo said it was crucial for his team to keep the pressure on the Lumberjacks all night.
"You can never let up on any team in this league," he said. "There's a lot of good teams and they can all come back if you give them the chance."
The Bearcats are back in action Thursday when they travel to New Glasgow to take on the Crushers at 7 p.m. before returning home to host the Amherst Ramblers at 7 p.m. at RECC in what is the team's final game before the Christmas break.
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FLAG: INSTANT REPLAY
The outcome - Truro Bearcats 7, Bridgewater Lumberjacks 0
What it means - Truro improves to 19-7-0-2 while Bridgewater falls to 2-24-3-2
Season series -
The scorers - Truro: Kyle Tibbo (2), Denver Lynds (2), Phillip Fife, Brandon Pye, Mitchell Robillard
Attendance - 530
Next up - The Bearcats travel to New Glasgow to take on the division-leading Crushers Thursday at 7 p.m.