Bearcats earn overtime victory in opening game of Fred Page Cup

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McNaughton nets winner on a power play

ST. JEROME, Que. – Jordan McNaughton’s power-play goal early in overtime lifted the Truro Bearcats to a 5-4 win over the Granby Inouk on Wednesday at the Fred Page Cup.

Jordan McNaughton scored in overtime to lift the Truro Bearcats to a 5-4 win over the Granby Inouk on Wednesday at the Fred Page Cup.

The Bearcats return to action Thursday against the host St. Jerome Panthers at 8:30 p.m. at the four-team Eastern Canadian junior A hockey championship.

McNaughton took a pass from fellow defenceman Daniel Poliziani and hammered a slap shot past Inouk goaltender Simon Bergeron to give the Bearcats victory in front of a crowd of 527.

“It feels good,” said McNaughton, who also had an assist in the contest. “We had a long bus trip and it’s good to get the bus legs out, and the boys started playing their game late in the game and it was nice to come out with a win.”

The Bearcats overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first-period and later needed a goal from Colby Lanceleve with 1:10 remaining in regulation to send the game to an extra period.

“Again, it shows the character of the team,” McNaughton said. “Once we went down 2-0 we knew we had to pick it up and I feel that’s when the boys started playing their best hockey.”

Tournament regulation wins are worth three points, while teams are credited with two points for an overtime victory.

“We would have liked it to be in regulation to get three points, but even to get the win is huge and it gives us a lot of momentum going into (tonight’s) game.”

Brandon Pye scored two goals and assisted on the winning goal, while Jeff Hanes had the other Truro marker.

Pierre Oliver Marcoux, Jason Crack, Erik Longtin and Steven Mercier had goals for Granby.

Bearcats goaltender Chris Festarini made 30 saves for the win. His teammates fired 41 shots at Bergeron.

McNaughton said his team expects a tough test against the host squad Thursday.

“It definitely won’t be easy,” he said. “We’ve got to give our best effort.”

 

 

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