Bearcats pull off win with late goals
TRURO - The Truro Bearcats talked in the locker room before their game Tuesday against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks about how it was time to get a win.
Then they went out and got it. But it wasn't easy. After a see-saw battle with the Lumberjacks, Yuri Cheremetiev finally netted the game winner with 48 seconds left in front of 340 at Colchester Legion Stadium.
"Our last few games we've been working hard but we weren't winning," said Bearcats captain Ben MacAskill. "But we found a way to do it tonight so that's good."
The win lifts the Bearcats to 30-6-3-3 to top the Bent Division table with 66 points. The Lumberjacks (18-18-4-2) fall into a tie for third with the Halifax Lions (19-19-4-0) with 42 points each.
The win breaks a three-game skid for the Bearcats, their longest of the season.
"I wouldn't say it was the prettiest," said Bearcats coach Shawn Evans. "But we'll take it."
The Bearcats took a 2-0 lead in the first period when Cheremetiev scored on the powerplay just 2:49 into the game before Eric Louis-Seize netted a goal at 3:23.
But the Lumberjacks clawed their way back after a pair of Truro penalties gave the visitors some momentum. Jordan Burke scored at 11:07 followed by a Jeff Marchand marker at 17:19. Both goals were scored when the Bridgewater players found the puck on their stick in the slot.
"That's a cardinal sin for us to allow goals from that area," Evans said.
MacAskill agreed with his coach and said that's something he and his teammates can't allow to happen.
"We got up on them and we've got to keep the ball rolling," he said. "We can't sit back."
Bridgewater then took a 3-2 lead in the second period when Mike Snow found the back of the net with the man advantage.
But MacAskill managed to pull his team into a 3-3 tie before the end of the period when he netted a powerplay marker at 14:22.
The Bearcats then poured it on in the third, peppering the Bridgewater net with 24 shots, while also making it a priority to keep their own end protected after those two first-period Bridgewater markers. Cheremetiev gave his team the 4-3 lead at 19:12 before icing the contest with an empty-netter with three seconds to go.
Richard Gagnon collected the win with a 22-save effort. Travis Hall started the contest and made 42 saves over 56 minutes before Philip Wright made four stops in the final three minutes.
"We just kept it simple and played our game down low and that was big for us," MacAskill said.
Now the Bearcats turn their attention to a busy weekend which sees them play three games in three nights. Truro is in Amherst (18-24-1-1) Friday before Summerside (23-16-1-1) comes to town Saturday. The Ramblers then visit the Hubtown Sunday.