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BEARCAT BANTER – By Gerry Hale: Heavyweights in town

Bearcat Banter
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TRURO, N.S. – Four point weekends certainly add up.

In their two games last week, the Bearcats had good effort but not their best games. It’s hard to duplicate top level of play each outing.

In Summerside, the Bearcats’ big line did most of the damage. That’s what veteran leadership is supposed to do in games that count.

Often the score doesn’t indicate the play. Truro received excellent goaltending and penalty-kills to keep the Capitals out of contention in this one.

Saturday, the Bearcat power play may well have been the difference in the outcome. The goals to tie and win came via the special team play.

Truro needed a good jump on a team which is playing out its season. They didn’t get it.

South Shore played hard for the full 60 minutes and made the Bearcats pay for their poor coverage in their own end.

In this game, Truro’s secondary scoring stepped up to gain the win. The Bearcats needed the points and found a way to get them.

There’s no question the Bearcats will need to clean up some areas to continue their run. Let’s face it, the biggest week of the Bearcat schedule, to date, is here.

This weekend, the RECC will host the battle of the Eastlink South Division heavyweights – Bearcats, Ramblers and Crushers.

Friday, the Bearcats face a team they haven’t beaten all season. The Amherst Ramblers won the three previous meetings and realize they must continue that trend to move up in the standings.

Saturday, the Bearcats host the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, the top team overall in the Maritime Junior League.

Truro has had good success against the Crushers this year, winning four of five. All, however, have been hotly contested.

There are meaningful points up for grabs. All three combatants want and need them. It’s all about positioning, messaging and trying to play at the top of their respective games.

Both games get underway at 7 pm. If it’s competitive sport you seek, there’s no other place to be than at the RECC this weekend.

Go Cats Go.

Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator of the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club.

In their two games last week, the Bearcats had good effort but not their best games. It’s hard to duplicate top level of play each outing.

In Summerside, the Bearcats’ big line did most of the damage. That’s what veteran leadership is supposed to do in games that count.

Often the score doesn’t indicate the play. Truro received excellent goaltending and penalty-kills to keep the Capitals out of contention in this one.

Saturday, the Bearcat power play may well have been the difference in the outcome. The goals to tie and win came via the special team play.

Truro needed a good jump on a team which is playing out its season. They didn’t get it.

South Shore played hard for the full 60 minutes and made the Bearcats pay for their poor coverage in their own end.

In this game, Truro’s secondary scoring stepped up to gain the win. The Bearcats needed the points and found a way to get them.

There’s no question the Bearcats will need to clean up some areas to continue their run. Let’s face it, the biggest week of the Bearcat schedule, to date, is here.

This weekend, the RECC will host the battle of the Eastlink South Division heavyweights – Bearcats, Ramblers and Crushers.

Friday, the Bearcats face a team they haven’t beaten all season. The Amherst Ramblers won the three previous meetings and realize they must continue that trend to move up in the standings.

Saturday, the Bearcats host the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, the top team overall in the Maritime Junior League.

Truro has had good success against the Crushers this year, winning four of five. All, however, have been hotly contested.

There are meaningful points up for grabs. All three combatants want and need them. It’s all about positioning, messaging and trying to play at the top of their respective games.

Both games get underway at 7 pm. If it’s competitive sport you seek, there’s no other place to be than at the RECC this weekend.

Go Cats Go.

Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator of the Truro Bearcats junior A hockey club.

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