TRURO – Sure, it’s only October and it’s only Game 14 of a 52-game season.
But the Truro Bearcats know every point you can muster counts in the Maritime Junior Hockey League, so they’re looking for a pair of them Saturday when they host the Summerside Western Capitals at 7 p.m. at RECC.
“We’re coming into a section of our schedule where we’re getting more games and we need to find our game,” Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said Friday over the phone from the bus as the Bearcats travelled to Kentville for a date with the Valley Wildcats.
Before last night’s tilt, the Bearcats (8-3-0-1) were slotted third in the EastLink Division, four points behind the Pictou County Crushers (10-3-0-1). The Capitals (4-10-1-0) were fourth in the five-team Meek Division standings.
The Bearcats have taken both meetings between the two teams so far this season in 3-0 and 7-4 decisions on Oct. 19 and 20 respectively.
After a 5-1 start to the season, the Bearcats have cooled off of late, going 3-3 in their six games since. Evans said that’s due to a lack in attention to detail.
“We’ve been inconsistent because our effort hasn’t been 100 per cent and our attention to detail hasn’t been 100 per cent and when that happens you end up with inconsistent results,” Evans said. “I have a really good group of young men and I think their goal is to be successful but they’re still trying to find their identity and figure themselves out as a group.
“We need to play together as a group on a consistent basis.”
Summerside, the defending Kent Cup champions, aren’t the team they were last season. A juggernaut all over the ice one year ago, the Capitals have surrendered 19 more goals than they’ve scored this season and are 4-1 in their past five games. But that’s no reason for the Bearcats to let their guard down against a team that still has some powerful tools.
“That’s a proud organization over there that’s had a lot of success over the last number of years,” Evans said. “You can’t pay attention to a team’s record, you’ve got to get it done on the ice.”
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