Bearcats suffer first loss

Matt Veno
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HALIFAX - The Truro Bearcats knew a loss was inevitable at some point.
That point came Thursday when the Hubtown squad dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Halifax Lions at the Halifax Forum.
The setback is the first of the season for the Bearcats, who fall to 8-0-1-0 and sit three points clear of the Amherst Ramblers atop the Maurice Bent Division standings. Halifax, meanwhile, improves to 2-4-1-0.
"Are we disappointed to lose? Naturally," said Bearcats head coach Shawn Evans. "But I'm also a realist. You're not going to be at your best every night and when you're not you usually pay."
Evans said his players weren't their usual selves.
"We need to be skating and using our size to be successful," Evans said. "We didn't play the way we can until the third period."
The Bearcats found themselves in a 2-0 hole after the first period thanks to powerplay goals from Kyle Dilosa (11:12) and Andrew Wigginton (12:31). The Bearcats forced overtime on third-period markers from Colin Beck at 3:11 and Travis Moore at 5:37.
Travis Perry netted the overtime winner 15 seconds into the extra frame. Kirk Rafuse suffered the loss with 30 saves, while 30 was enough to give Kody Blois the victory.
Evans was looking at the positive side after the contest.
"Traditionally we haven't had a lot of success here so to play here twice and get three out of four points is good," he said.
"I'm not going to flip out at my guys because we got to overtime and lost.
"We've played nine games and have 17 out of 18 points," the coach added. "I'd say we're doing fine."
The Bearcats now turn their focus to a meeting with the Dieppe Commandos Saturday in Dieppe before moving on to Campbellton for a Sunday date with the Tigers.
The MJAHL also announced Thursday its selections for an all-star squad which will take on Canada East in an exhibition match in Truro Oct. 29 leading up to the 2009 World Junior A Challenge Nov. 1 to 8 in Summerside.
The Bearcats will have four representatives on the team, including Rafuse, defencemen Evan Watts and Sam Caldwell and forward Dana Fraser. Evans is head coach of the team and will be joined by assistants Corey Crocker (Amherst) and Billy McGuigan (Miramichi). The team was picked by those three at the recent showcase weekend in Summerside.
Trainers Chip Wright and Steve Lindsay were also named to the team, as was Truro's Dave Ritcey, who is manager of team services.
The game, one of five leading up the tournament, is set for 7:30 p.m. at Colchester Legion Stadium. Tickets are $11 and are available at MacQuarries Pharmasave.

Organizations: Halifax Lions, Halifax Forum, Maurice Bent Division Tigers

Geographic location: Summerside, Dieppe, Campbellton Canada East Colchester Legion Stadium

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