Truro gets back to winning ways after loss to Pictou County
TRURO - The Truro Bearcats got their wish Sunday at RECC.
The Hubtowners blanked the Campbellton Tigers 6-0 in front of 342 fans to bounce back from the 4-1 loss they suffered a night earlier in the hands of the Pictou County Crushers on home ice.
"It was really important," Bearcats forward Denver Lynds, who netted a hat trick and claimed the game's first star honour, said. "Good teams don't lose two in a row and that's what we were shooting for."
The Bearcats (28-10-0-2) sit one point behind the Crushers (27-9-0-5) for top spot in the Maritime Junior Hockey League's EastLink Division while the Amherst Ramblers (26-12-0-1) are five points back in third place.
The Tigers (9-31-1-1) are last among five teams in the Meek Division.
Sunday's result was Truro's ninth vitory in 11 games since the Christmas break.
The Bearcats meet the Crushers for another battle Thursday at 7 p.m. in New Glasgow.
Sunday's tilt, which got underway at 6 p.m., was a make-up contest from a Sept. 28 date that was postponed due to a scheduling conflict at RECC when the centre was holding its official opening ceremonies. The April Wine concert scheduled for the event left no space on the RECC ice for the Bearcats and Tigers to duke it out.
Sunday's contest was all Truro from start to finish. Lynds, a six-0foot-one, 180-pound forward and Debert resident, got the parade started 4:17 into the game before Jordan McNaughton scored four minutes later to give Truro a 2-0 cushion at the first intermission.
Lynds netted his second of the night on a goalmouth scramble 4:45 into the second frame. Jacob Smith made it 4-0 Truro when he took a feed from McNaughton and from his wide-open spot in the slot, tucked the puck just under Alexis Paiement's crossbar.
Colby Lanceleve extended Truro's lead at 11:49 of the second and Lynds completed his hat trick, pushing his season goal total to seven, halfway through the final stanza.
Jacob Fancy needed 22 saves for the victory while Paiement stopped 25.
Daniel Perigo and Jeff Hanes, both Truro natives, and Brandon Boutilier each recorded a pair of assists.
"We just dumped the puck in and played the body," Lynds said. "They couldn't handle our speed. We just blew by them every chance we got."
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FLAG: INSTANT REPLAY
The outcome: Truro Bearcats 6, Campbellton Tigers 0
What it means: The Bearcats improve to (28-10-0-2) and sit one point behind the Crushers (27-9-0-5) for first in the EastLink Division. Campbellton falls to 9-31-1-1
The scorers: Truro - Denver Lynds (3), Jordan McNaughton, Colby Lanceleve, Jacob Smith
Three stars: 1. Denver Lynds (Truro); 2. Jacob Fancy (Truro); 3. Jeff Hanes (Truro)
Next up: The Bearcats travel to New Glasgow to take on the Pictou County Crushers at 7 p.m.