Bearcats expect battle with Slammers

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TRURO - As much as they'd like to give their fans a repeat performance, the Truro Bearcats are a realistic bunch.

Truro Bearcats goaltending coach Mike Lumsden goes over a drill with the team Thursday during practice Thursday at RECC. The Bearcats are at home to the Woodstock Slammers tonight at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last Saturday’s tilt which saw the Bearcats cruise to an 11-2 victory.

There aren't many nights in the run of a 52-game season when anybody in the Maritime Junior Hockey League can give an opponent an 11-2 thrashing. So the chances of it happening tonight against the Woodstock Slammers - as it did seven days earlier against the New Brunswick club - isn't likely. The opening faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. at RECC.

"Even the bottom teams give a hard effort every night, so you can't take anyone too lightly," Bearcats forward Daniel Perigo, who scored a goal and added three assists last Saturday, said. "So I don't know if we can do that again, we'll see ... hopefully."

But in the end, the Bearcats don't really care how many goals they score, just as long as they notch one more than their opponent.

"Every game, we just want the two points," the 19-year-old, who grew up in Truro, said.

Before last night's game in Kentville against the Valley Wildcats (13-16-3-1), the Bearcats (21-8-0-2) sat second in the EastLink Division, six points behind the league-leading Pictou County Crushers (23-4-0-4).

Last weekend's victory over Woodstock touched off a hot start to 2014 for the Bearcats, who then doubled the Summerside Western Capitals (10-17-2-1) 6-3 the following day.

Perigo said he and his teammates would like nothing more than to keep that momentum rolling this weekend.

"We're playing pretty well right now," he said. "We just have to try to stay focused and handle the job at hand."

The best way to do that, he said, is to make sure they play the systems initiated by coach Shawn Evans and his staff, and use their strengths to their advantage.

"As long as we keep it simple and use our systems and speed, we should do well."


Organizations: Maritime Junior Hockey League, EastLink Division, Summerside Western Capitals

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Truro, Kentville Pictou County

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