Truro opens post-holiday schedule tonight
TRURO - Two games don't make a season.
But for the Truro Bearcats they can set the tone for the run to the playoffs and that's why the Hubtown squad is looking for a pair of W's this weekend as they return to action after the holiday break.
The Bearcats (19-4-2-2) host the Campbellton Tigers (4-22-2-2) at Colchester Legion Stadium tonight at 7:30 p.m. before the Miramichi Timberwolves come to town Sunday for a 7 p.m. date.
"We definitely want to come back and get a couple wins and start things off on the right foot," said Bearcats captain Ben MacAskill. "We have a lot of team confidence, but it would be nice to get the wins."
The Bearcats went into the break with wins in four of their final five games and a seven-point lead in the Maurice Bent Division standings over the Pictou County Weeks Crushers (17-11-0-1).
"We know we had a good first half," MacAskill said. "But we want to start the second half on the right foot here and these are a couple big games."
Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said that means his team will need to find its stride early on in tonight's contest, which Kirk Rafuse will be starting in the Truro net.
"They have a young group with some skill and a couple veteran D," Evans said. "We're not fully healthy yet but we'll roll four lines and we want to get everyone involved and get after them."
Evans said despite Campbellton's lowly record and his team's success thus far against Miramichi, he's not expecting either team to roll over for his squad.
"Every team is dangerous," he said. "They have played us hard every time we've played them and we're not expecting anything
"For us there won't be any excuses and we want to set the tone off the bat."
In spite of the holiday break, not all of the ailing Bearcats are back in game shape.
Although Colchester products Travis Moore and Shawn Wright have been cleared to play after recovering from concussions, rugged forward Stephen Walker is scheduled to see a doctor on Monday about his shoulder, while goaltender Alex Scola is suffering from a flu virus. Both will not play this weekend. Andrew Sidey of the NSJHL's East Hants Penguins has been called to back up Rafuse this weekend.
Dylan McGuigan has returned to practice with the team this week but his broken hand is still not game ready and Eric Louis-Seize will be a game-time decision with a leg injury.