Action stays intense as playoffs near

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Bearcat Banter
Gerry Hale

The weekly tweaking ritual of the Eastlink standings has been completed.

As a result of weekend action, the Bearcats had returned to top spot, one point ahead of the Crushers, with Amherst and Yarmouth trailing close behind.

It was a grueling week which showed home ice isn't all its made out to be. For instance, Truro won in New Glasgow; Pictou County won in Amherst; and Amherst won in Truro.

The Bearcats effort against the Crushers, a 4-3 win, was highlighted with some good old-fashioned focus and composure. Both are needed in all games, home or abroad.

Twice the Bearcats were forced to overcome deficits. Everything that went wrong the last time these teams met was corrected, at least from the Bearcats vantage point.

The Yarmouth game was a chippy affair but the Bearcats doubled the Mariners in shots, goals and chances. That may have contributed to the way things played out, a 6-3 win for Truro.

The Mariners are very much in contention and are mindful that playing a mini-series can be a detriment.

Sunday, the Ramblers came to Truro and exited with a deserved 5-2 win. The Bearcats knew what was coming and the Ramblers didn't disappoint when they played to their strengths.

Truro didn't take advantage of its power play opportunities but credit the visitors for

getting done what needed to be done to earn the win.

The Bearcats came out of the week winning two of three games. Since Christmas, the Bearcats are 12-3; however, those three losses were at home.

Truro has nine games remaining (six home, three on the road). As they say in another sport, the ball is in their court. The Bearcats have control of how they fare.

The next five games are at home, starting Friday when the Valley Wildcats come to town for a 7 p.m. start at the RECC. The Wildcats are a good, young, hard-working team. Truro must outspeed them on the larger ice surface.

Dieppe is in town Saturday, also at 7 p.m.. The Commandos have gone south recently, but they're a team which can skate with the Bearcats.

Season ticket holders wishing to retain their seats for playoff action will be required to present their season pass and seat card at the RECC ticket booth when purchasing playoff tickets, and, you're encouraged to get them in advance when the post season begins. It's getting close.

TAGLINE: Gerry Hale is media relations coordinator for the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club

Organizations: Mariners, Wildcats

Geographic location: Amherst, Yarmouth, New Glasgow Pictou County

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