Bearcats nipped by Crushers

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Truro falls in overtime for winless weekend

Colin MacKinnon blasts a shot that got the Truro Bearcats on the scoresheet Sunday against Pictou County.

TRURO – It wasn't quite the weekend the Truro Bearcats were hoping for.

Their scoring dried up and they dropped three games in three nights capped by a 3-2 overtime lost Sunday to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in front of 301 fans at Colchester Legion Stadium. The game was a make-up from their Sept. 11 date.

The Bearcats surrendered just seven goals all weekend, but scored just two of their own – one into an open net and one on a powerplay.

"I think it's pretty clear where our Achilles heel was this weekend," said Bearcats head coach Shawn Evans. "When you don't score it makes it pretty tough...

"That magnifies every mistake you make defensively."

The results drop Truro (24-15-0-4), which also suffered 1-0 and 3-0 setbacks to Yarmouth and Woodstock respectively, to fourth in the Bent Division. Truro's 52 points leaves it just one behind Yarmouth (26-19-1-0) while Pictou County (28-13-1-3) holds top spot with 60 points. The Metro Marauders (26-18-1-3) are second.

After winning eight of nine games dating back to Dec. 19, the Bearcats are now on a four-game slide.

"A couple weeks ago we couldn't lose a game," Evans said. "We played well enough to win this weekend but it didn't happen."

Eric Boudreau scored the winner for Pictou County 4:35 into the extra frame in a contest that saw the teams match one another on the scoresheet with goals in the first and third periods and none in the middle stanza.

The Bearcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Colin MacKinnon scored at 6:57 of the opening frame before Pictou County's Jordan Escott pulled the Crushers even with 35 seconds left.

The Crushers took a 2-1 lead at 5:27 of the third thanks to a Justin Chiasson marker before Dakota Johnson knotted the contest with a power-play goal at 13:25.

Truro's Stephen Horyl added a pair of assists and Travis Moore had one.

Spencer Scott suffered the loss after a 33-save performance while Justin Collier's 41 stops earned him the victory.

"We had a few scrambles in front but Collier found a way to keep the puck out," Evans said. "They took it to us and they got the deserved overtime goal."

In spite of the results, Evans said it wasn't for lack of effort from his players and he was happy with how his team played.

"We played with lots of heart," he said.

"It's easy to coach a team that cares and you can do a lot of things with players that care, and right now, my players care."


Organizations: Bent Division, Metro Marauders

Geographic location: Pictou County, Yarmouth, Colchester Legion Stadium Jordan

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  • Jimmy Wright
    February 08, 2011 - 23:05

    get a grip bud. if there is a coaching change in truro it is because leagues like the Q or minor pro come calling for you bench boss that you apparently are bored of.. sometimes you don't know what you have got until its gone and i would love to see what you would have to say about a replacement nobody in the mhl deserves to even tie shawn evans skates (well i guess we will have to see about don macadam), but it is time to wake up.. your comment barely even warrants a response but someone needs to state the facts and that is truro has no idea how lucky they are to have that man run their team

  • Scott Nichols
    February 07, 2011 - 08:52

    With all the Talent on the Jr A Bearcats scoring should not be a problem.This is the sit- back style we have all gotten bored of watching.I have nothing but respect for Shawn Evans and what he has done for the Cats,but sometimes change is needed,maybe a fresh new face with a more offensive minded philosophy..The other team can't score when your always in their own end...I have seen other teams come in and play a full 60 min game,the Cats on the other hand have spurts..This is where the coach comes in.You need to keep your players motivated for the whole game...