Bearcats use first loss to their advantage
It was bound to happen some time.
Playing mid-week games in Halifax has been a problem for most teams over the years. Truro is no exception, but that's no excuse.
The Bearcats just weren't themselves until the third period of their 3-2 overtime loss to the Lions last Thursday.
The loss to the Bent's bottom team served as a reality check and, in the long run, can prove to be very beneficial. Teams, no matter their standing, are going to win their share of the home games.
Truro obviously wasn't prepared for a repeat in Dieppe or Campbellton. Against the Commandos, the Bearcats put together three solid periods, stayed out of the penalty box and utilized four lines, all things talked about following the overtime loss to the Lions. Scoring early and accentuating their strengths suffocated any thoughts the Dieppe club had about pinning a second loss on the Bearcats.
Sunday the pesky Tigers opened an early lead but weren't able to fend off Truro's offence. Once the Bearcats took control, the wind was out of the Tigers' sails.
Campbellton is a young club moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, the Tigers haven't learned to win yet.
It was a busy stretch for the Bearcats. The setback enabled staff to address some concerns which couldn't legitimately be raised when the team was executing an unbeaten streak.
The team is expecting two tough games this weekend. Friday, they're on the road to face Summerside before hosting Pictou County on Saturday.
The Capitals have surprised many league observers. Gone are big name players off last year's championship team. The lesser lights are shining and it's clear the draft picks and recruits are prepared to continue the winning tradition of Island teams.
The Crushers are in the midst of a race for second spot in the Bent. With their work ethic, it matters little who is in the lineup.
Truro has won both previous games with the Crushers.
Hats off to the four Bearcats named to the MJAHL All-Star team compiled to provide exhibition competition for World Junior "A" Challenge teams.
Next Thursday, that team plays Canada East in Truro. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats Hockey Club