By Gerry Hale
The one thing Maritime Junior Hockey League fans can count on is weekly changes in the Eastlink Division standings.
The Pictou County Crushers have regained the lead, one point ahead of Truro and several on Amherst and Yarmouth.
The Truro Bearcats came through their three game weekend losing the one they wanted to Pictou County but winning the two they had to against the Valley Wildcats and campbellton Tigers.
In Kentville, the Bearcats took an early lead over Valley, got good goaltending and generally played well enough for the positive verdict. It wasn’t the best of Bearcat efforts but timely saves and goals held off the determined Wildcats.
Saturday, the Bearcats were outworked, out chanced, out coached and out-everything as the visiting Pictou County Crushers earned a big road win.
The Crushers appeared to have changed their game plan resulting in elimination of Truro’s time and space. Basically it stymied any Bearcats overtures of recovery throughout the game. It doesn’t happen often but the general feeling was the Bearcats became unraveled and frustrated. So, back to the drawing board they go.
Sunday, the Campbellton Tigers wanted a footrace but the Bearcats defence put a damper on that plan. Both teams were at the end of a long weekend but the Bearcats had more to draw from as they overcame the previous night’s loss.
This week, the Bearcats face their biggest week of the year. It’s about the who’s who of the Eastlink with Truro facing Pictou County, Yarmouth and Amherst.
Tonight, the Bearcats are in New Glasgow for their final scheduled game with the Crushers who have a 3-2 edge in games played. Nothing more needs to be said.
Saturday, Yarmouth is in town for a 7 p.m. start. Nobody is out of the woods yet but the Mariners, at this time, are the closest to being involved in a mini-series. Winning games will prevent that.
Sunday, the Ramblers are at the RECC for a 2 p.m. game. They constitute a challenge and desperately look to obtain home ice advantage for the playoffs down the road.
The Bearcats have tremendous opportunities and all are within their grasp.
There’s no better time than now for junior hockey.
TAGLINE: Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club