No comfort zone

Gerry Hale
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The Truro Bearcats have said many times that if winning was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Last weekend, the Bearcats played two teams desperate for points. In one, they did enough to win; in the other, the opposition was hungrier.
Truro came out of it with two points and a valuable lesson. For both, they should be grateful.
After an even period in Amherst, the Bearcats broke the ice and saw the Ramblers could not match up skill wise.
Truro got the big saves when needed and when goals came with greater frequency, the outcome became clear.
The hungrier team didn't convert the chances or feast on goals. Truro, with less than a superlative effort, was able to swamp the Ramblers.
In Yarmouth, the hometown Mariners deserved the win. They did everything they needed to do in order to gain the margin of
victory. In this game, the Bearcats skill set wasn't able to overcome what the Mariners threw at them.
Truro was short a few players. It provided an opportunity for some players to step up and earn the available ice time. Unfortunately, some didn't take advantage.
Teams can't win every game, nor should they panic over a loss. A return trip to Yarmouth, however, is too long an excursion to not provide your best effort.
Truro has been atop the Bent standings since the season opened. That can be a challenge and requires all the intrinsic motivation the individual players can muster.
Tuesday, the Bearcats faced another desperate team in the Miramichi Timberwolves. They sit third overall in the MJAHL, but experienced little success this season against the Bearcats.
The Bearcats withstand the Timberwolves assault on their time and space in the opening period, overcame the deficits and showed what they're made of by winning in the extra session.
Both teams gained from that game. Clearly, the Bearcats needed that kind of pressure applied to them.
This week will see Bearcats host a doubleheader before hitting the road to face the Woodstock Slammers.
The Dieppe Commandos are in town Saturday. This is a team the Bearcats haven't seen since the October Showcase.
Sunday, Jim Bottomley brings his Bridgewater Lumberjacks to town. They're big, experienced and hungry.
Next Wednesday, the league's top two teams square off in the New Brunswick town. There's plenty at stake in this one.
The stretch drive is wide open. No team should take anything for granted.

Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator
for the Truro Jr. A?Bearcats Hockey Club

Organizations: Mariners

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Amherst, New Brunswick

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