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."