Bearcats grinding through the stretch
Winless in February. Sounds like a storyline for a Tom Hanks movie.
Actually, it's a feeble attempt to make light of the Truro Bearcats' opening foray into the final month of the regular season. Losing three straight games would be a concern if not for the fact the Bearcats played very well, at least in two of those games.
Last week in Woodstock, the Bearcats played even with the Slammers but blew the game in the late minutes. It was disappointing to have that happen but when the goal posts are unfriendly, or when playing against a team which can gain momentum quickly, those things do surface.
The Bearcats left the arena feeling they played a good road game and showed they can perform at a high level in the Woodstock barn if, for some reason, they return to Woodstock in the next few months.
Something happened en route to Yarmouth. Coach Shawn Evans suggests it would have been simpler to mail the points to the Mariners and stay home. But take nothing away from the Mariners, they did everything they should have to get the win and deserved the points. The Bearcats had a decent opening period but failed to take advantage of their opportunities. The rest of the game belonged to the Mariners.
Saturday, the Bearcats played one of their best games of the year. Except for a stretch early in the second period, Truro was more than even. Management and fans appreciated the work of younger Bearcats like Cole Hawes, Jamie MacIntyre and Shawn Wright, who had the opportunity to play a bigger role.
As a result of weekend play, the Bearcats clinched first place in the Bent Division. For the remainder of the schedule they will face teams battling for playoff
Tuesday, the Bearcats went to the old recipe of getting an early lead, play in spurts, then find a way to pull off the win at the end. Bridgewater surely went home feeling they played hard enough to garner at least a point but it just wasn't to be. That's hockey.
Tomorrow, the Bearcats are in Amherst to play the first of three games over three nights. The Ramblers generally save their best effort for any team coming out of Truro. If the Bearcats expect anything less, it could be costly. Saturday, Summerside is in town. The Western Capitals always come to play.
Sunday, the Ramblers are in town. Players have good memories so this one should be a spirited contest. Be prepared.
Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats Hockey Club