Midget AA Bearcats primed for provincials

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Five-team event gets started Friday at Rath Eastlink Community Centre

TRURO - The Truro Royal LePage Bearcats have their work cut out for them this weekend.

The Truro Royal LePage Bearcats are hosting the provincial midget AA hockey championship Friday to Sunday at the RECC. Members of the team are, front row, from left, Chad Tucker, Nick Gorman, Trent Lynds, Mary Brown (Royal LePage agent), Darren Canton, Johnathon Murdock, Coby Crowell and Keegan Thorpe. Second row, head coach Sandy Murdock, assistant coach Kevin Dawe, Ryan Chambers, Kelton O'Connor, Chris Neil, Riley Sellers, Joseph Rector, Kolby Grant, Jared Deyarmond, Joel Sellers, Mitch Arsenault and manager Quentin Costard. Missing are goalie Jaxon Maloney and forward Ryan Bakker.

The Bearcats are hosting the provincial midget AA hockey championship Friday to Sunday at the Rath Eastlink Community and in order to achieve that perfect ending and earn the right to represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic championship, they'll have to get through the undefeated Bedford Blues.

"We would love to become Team Nova Scotia," Bearcats coach Sandy Murdock said. "But Bedford is a good team and there's a strong field and we're going to have to play our best to win."

The Bearcats open the event Friday at 11 a.m. when they meet the East Hants Penguins. The final is slated for Sunday at 11 a.m. Also vying for the title will be Sackville and Antigonish.

The Bearcats finished the regular season in fifth place with a 10-11 record. Truro then went 2-3-1 in playdowns to qualify for the provincial tournament without using the host spot.

"We won our way here and we're definitely capable of winning it all," Murdock said. "But it's going to be a battle."

The Blues finished unbeaten but Bedford has been pushed this season, including by the Bearcats, who got to as close as 2-0.

"Defensively we have to be solid and offensively we have to take advantage of our scoring opportunities," Murdock said.

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Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, The Truro Royal LePage Bearcats, Royal LePage Darren Canton

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Antigonish

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