Bantam AA Cats ready to battle for league title at home

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TRURO - The goal for the Truro Victoria Court Dental Bearcats is plain and simple - win.

Truro Victoria Court Dental Bearcats goaltender Brent Walters attempts to poke the puck away from teammate Marc Aucoin during practice Tuesday at Colchester Legion Stadium. The Bearcats were busy tuning up for the eight-team Mainland Bantam AA Hockey League championship tournament, which they host Friday to Sunday at RECC and Colchester Legion Stadium. Matthew Veno - Truro Daily News

The Bearcats are hoping lay claim to the Mainland Bantam AA Hockey League title this weekend as they host the league championship tournament at RECC and Colchester Legion Stadium.

"It's pretty exciting," Bearcats member Sanjeev Makkar said. "I think having home ice gives us an advantage."

The Bearcats (18-6-4), who finished first in the regular season standings, open the event Friday at 9 a.m. at RECC against the eighth-place West Hants Warriors (2-22-4).

The final is slated for Sunday

The league's eight teams - which also include Acadia, Antigonish, Western Valley, Yarmouth, South Shore and Pictou County - will duke it out for two berths in the provincial championship March 27 to 30 in Cole Harbour. The Bearcats feel they have a good chance at nabbing one.

"That's always what we look to do at a tournament," Makkar said.

"We just have to do the same things we've done all year," added teammate Luke MacMillan.

What the players were referring to was the team's work ethic and balanced attack.

"There's not really any one person who carries the load," Makkar said. "We all contribute."

The Bearcats nipped Acadia by one point in the regular season table thanks to a 3-1 victory over the Western Valley Spartans in their final game on the weekend.

"It was a real horse race all year between us and Acadia," head coach Kevin Aucoin said. "We knew we needed two points going into the last day of the season to beat them by one and we fought hard to get them."

Trey martin, Gavynn carter and Cody MacDonald did the scoring for Truro while Carter and MacDonald also added assists. Nathaniel Singer made 14 saves for the win.

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Organizations: Truro Victoria Court Dental Bearcats, Mainland Bantam AA Hockey League, Daily News

Geographic location: Colchester Legion Stadium, Acadia, Antigonish Yarmouth South Shore Pictou County Cole Harbour

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  • Becky singer
    March 05, 2014 - 05:05

    Opening ceremonies Friday 2pm