By Gerry Hale
Sitting at the top of the pack at the start of the week are the Truro Bearcats, one point ahead of the Crushers and a few ahead of the Ramblers and Mariners. There clearly isn't much breathing room but the position looks, and certainly feels, good.
By winning two of its three games last week, Truro was able to make the alteration in the standings. Clearly, if the team was to win a pair, it was beneficial to claim victory over divisional teams.
Friday, in Bridgewater, the Bearcats needed a goal in the dying seconds of the first period to get on track. Once that was out of the way, the gates opened and the flood began.
Saturday, the visiting Dieppe Commandos showed they are a strong offensive team bent on playing all 60 minutes. Truro dominated through the opening two periods but didn't score enough to put the game away. The Bearcats made some mistakes and the Commandos made them pay. In the final analysis, the debate is whether the Bearcats found a way to lose, or, the Commandos found a way to win.
Sunday, the Bearcats went into Amherst with first place at stake. It was a tough battle but the Bearcats took it, even though they were hanging on by times. Amherst is a proud, experienced team and there was no chance they were going away, even when down a bunch.
The physical card was played and the Bearcats accepted the challenge. For the record, the Ramblers are 10-3 over the last 13 games, the trio of losses coming at the hands of the Bearcats.
Another three-game weekend gets underway for Truro Friday night in Kentville where the Wildcats have become giant-killers. Truro has to hit the ice running.
Saturday, the rival Pictou County Crushers are at the RECC at 7 p.m. Neither team needs any extra motivation to get the game face on.
Sunday, to accommodate for a postponed date, the Campbellton Tigers are at the RECC at 6 p.m. The Tigers are young, hungry and quite prepared to play the role of spoilers.
There are no easy games and no safe leads. The Bearcats are but one of 11 teams which want to win each night.
That guarantees competitive hockey.
TAGLINE: Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats