Bearcats look after the home front
Win your games and the standings will look after themselves.
The Bearcats did that last week and came into this week with a slight edge on the Crushers for top spot in the Eastlink Division. The lead also granted the Bearcats some spread on the Ramblers and Mariners who are now tied for third spot, 11 points behind.
Last Friday, the Bearcats got a great effort from the special teams to gain the verdict while visiting the Valley Wildcats. That franchise, the one most likely to finish the regular season in fifth spot, is a hard-working team which insists the opposition plays the full 60 minutes. Look beyond them and you could suffer. They're prepared to face any comers if involved in the Eastlink mini-series. They're working at getting better with increased confidence.
The Wildcats are back in Truro at 2 p.m. Sunday. They look to build on the positives derived from their last outing here.
Saturday, Truro had an exceptional opening period against the Dieppe Commandos. It was a period which should be bottled, if that were possible. But the Bearcats were then guilty of taking some selfish penalties at the worst of times. Starting the second and third periods shorthanded is not a good plan. Giving an opponent like Dieppe an open door created a momentum change. The Bearcat skaters should be grateful the Commandos failed to capitalize.
Those were two home games the Bearcats needed to win. Do the math and it's clear anything can happen if guards are left down. There's a bit of separation in the standings but there's no guarantee it will remain.
This Saturday, the Bearcats are at home to face the Yarmouth Mariners. That team pulled off some big wins last week and would obviously want to continue that path to avoid the mini-series.
The Mariners are a talented team looking for an edge. The Bearcats approach will be to stick to the game plan, which includes maintaining composure and staying out of the penalty box.
All teams have received tentative dates for the start of the playoffs. That signals the need to be playing at the top of your game and, in most cases, getting there in the best possible position.
And for fans, that means some exciting hockey on the horizon.
The Bearcats would like to invite you to Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday when tickets will be $5. Hope to see you there.
TAGLINE: Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club