Winning games is a good plan
By Gerry Hale
The spread got bigger and that's just what the Truro Bearcats were looking for.
The Bearcats came into this week five points up on the Pictou County Crushers and several more on Yarmouth and Amherst for the lead in the EastLink Division.
With four games remaining for both the Bearcats and Crushers, finishing first in the division has come down to wins and losses.
This makes for another interesting week in a MHL schedule which is quickly winding down. The Bearcats are happy with their position considering they were eight points out of first at the Christmas break.
The Bearcats have helped their cause with key wins at home over the last five games. While you want to win on the road, you really do have to win at home.
Last Wednesday, the Bearcats set the tone early in the game against the Woodstock Slammers. The visitors presented some opportunities and the Bearcats took advantage of them. Many present at the game would agree it was a "pretty goal" night. Most of Truro's tallies that night could be included on a highlight reel.
Saturday, Truro had a real battle with Yarmouth. The Mariners were hungry but some staunch goaltending stifled their efforts.
Key also, in Truro's win was the team's powerplay. Those special teams goals tend to reduce pressure and change the way the opposition thinks.
The Bearcats will be in Yarmouth this Friday to conclude their head-to-head matchups with the Mariners. Truro holds a 4-1 edge to date but expect to face everything, including the kitchen sink, in the upcoming game. The Mariners are fighting for their life to stay out of a mini-series but they're also determined to lift their game against Truro just in case there are postseason meetings.
Saturday, the Bearcats face the Valley Wildcats in their final regular season home game at the RECC at 7 p.m.
Last week, the Wildcats brought a high compete level to Truro but couldn't sustain it.
Nobody can question the work ethic of that team which is gearing up for its first playoff in three years.
The Bearcats enter the final stretch with some attainable goals in mind. Paying attention to details, remaining focused and accepting the fact that there is still room for improvement are all contributing factors.
Yes, there just might be another gear.
TAGLINE: Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club