Bearcats looking to limit chances against Lumberjack veterans

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The Truro Bearcats have a simple plan to shut down the Bridgewater Lumberjacks' top offensive players tonight: keep them out of the offensive zone.
Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said he saw Bridgewater last weekend at the showcase weekend and noticed they have two lines of veteran forwards who can be "dangerous offensively."
The Cats are not going to try to match specific lines, relying on their depth to do the job.
"At this stage of the year we're going to play our four lines and do it by committee," Evans said. "The best way to shut offensive players down is make them play in their own zone."
The undefeated Bearcats downed the Pictou County Crushers Thursday night in New Glasgow and Evans said they would be looking to hold serve tonight at Colchester Legion
"The effort you put in on the road to win gets wasted if you don't take care of business at home," he said.
The Bearcats have relied on a few of their trademarks to keep the streak going.
They include limiting odd-man rushes, keeping the third forward high, blocking shots and leading the league in fewest penalty
"Some people look at it as you're not tough enough. I look at it as we have discipline," Evans said. "We have a lot of players right now willing to block shots, they're willing to pay the price."
There are many players who personify the Cats approach, but two who epitomize the Bearcat way are forward Stephen Walker and defenceman Luke Cudmore.
"He's a workhorse," Evans said of Walker.
The second-year Bearcat is following a strong list of players, including Shane Nolan and K.C. Brown, who have been Evans' Mr. Reliable.
"He just gets the job done out there. Not a lot of fanfare but just a smart, honest hockey player that is accountable every time he steps on the ice," Evans said.
He said Cudmore is also an unheralded member of the blueline.
"He keeps his game simple. He blocks shots. You don't notice him out there. To me, that means he's doing his job."
Eric Louis-Seize did not play Thursday with a back injury that occurred Wednesday at practice. Doug Burns has a lower-body injury sustained from Thursday's game.
Both forwards' status for tonight's game was not known yesterday.
"If Eric or Doug are not ready to roll than somebody else will be ready to roll for them," Evans said.
New unis
Truro is sporting some new digs this year.
The decision was made by owner and president Stu Rath. The large Bearcat logo has been replaced by a large T in the centre of the jersey.
"Back to the 1920s when the Bearcats were in business that's exactly what they wore," Evans said.
"It was time for a change and I think they look sharp and they certainly helped us win some games at this point. It brings back a little bit of tradition to the community as well."

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow

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