ST. JEROME, Que. – Rarely does a coach praise his players after a loss, but such was the case for the Truro Bearcats on Friday.
© Joey Smith – Truro Daily News
Ryan Moore had the lone Truro goal in a 2-1 loss to the Carleton Place Canadians on Friday at the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junior A hockey championship.
The Bearcats were edged 2-1 by the Carleton Place Canadians at the Fred Page Cup Eastern Canadian junior A hockey championship.
The game concluded round-robin play for the Bearcats, who finished with a 1-1-1 (W-L-OTL) record for three points. Carleton Place (3-0-0) advanced straight to Sunday’s final.
The Bearcats were awaiting the result of the late Friday game between St. Jerome and Granby to see if they would play in a semifinal game today.
Friday’s contest was the third straight one-goal game the Bearcats have been involved in at the four-team tournament.
“That was a heck of a hockey game,” said Bearcats coach Shawn Evans. “We were playing number three in Canada, and obviously the goal is to win, but I wish we played every game in the tournament the way we did today.
“If you were a fan here you got your money’s worth. If we’re playing (Saturday) in the semi, we need to play the same way. Sometimes you don’t win, you have to take it on the chin, and that’s one of those games. But to a man I was pleased with how every guy played.”
After a scoreless first period, Ryan Moore gave the MHL champions a 1-0 lead just 1:15 into the second in front of 532 fans. Jacob Smith and Brandon Pye assisted on the goal.
Andy Sturtz replied for the Canadians at 13:41, while Anthony Latina’s goal at 2:12 of the third period was the winner.
“It was probably one of our better games of the week so far,” said Bearcats defenceman Daniel Poliziani. “We were happy with our effort.”
Bearcats goaltender Chris Festarini made 33 saves, while Guillaume Therien made 21 stops for the Canadians.
Both teams had four power-play opportunities, but failed to score.
On Thursday night, the Bearcats lost 7-6 in overtime to St. Jerome.
“It’s a tournament format and the bottom line for us in that game is we did a very poor job of protecting and clearing out the house and today we did the job we were supposed to do,” Evans said.