Truro hosts Woodstock before heading to Summerside
TRURO - A little break for the holidays is always a good thing.
But now the Truro Bearcats (19-8-0-2) are ready to get back on the ice and get the second half of their season underway. It happens Saturday when the Woodstock Slammers (14-14-2-1) visit RECC at 7 p.m.
"Everyone is committed and everyone wants to make a run for it this year," Bearcats forward Brandon Bazinet said. "We want two wins this weekend and get started with four points."
Following Saturday's tilt, the Bearcats hit the road for Summerside where they'll take on the Western Capitals (10-16-1-1) at 4 p.m.
Truro comes out of the break in second spot in the EastLink Division, eight points behind the league-leading Pictou County Crushers (22-4-0-4). Truro is tied for second overall with the Dieppe Commandos (19-6-2-0), while the third-place Yarmouth Mariners (19-9-1-0) sit just one point behind the Bearcats.
The Bearcats won seven of their past 11 games before the break.
"We have a good team here and we had a good first half," Bazinet, an 18-year-old Sudbury, Ont., native said. "But I think you're going to see an improvement in the second half as well."
The Bearcats are excited about what 2014 holds in store. Having already placed themselves in a good spot, Truro plays 14 times in the friendly confines of the RECC to round out the regular season schedule, with just nine games scheduled on the road. The Hubtown squad has also completed its major road trips to Northern New Brunswick.
But that doesn't mean the Bearcats won't have to work to meet their goals of winning a league championship, successfully defending their Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian title and getting back to the RBC Cup.
"Coming off the break we have to make sure we have a good start, stick to our systems and play the way we have so far," Bazinet said. "We have a good team and if we play the way we're supposed to, we can be dominant for sure."
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