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BEARCAT BANTER – By Gerry Hale: Phase two underway

Zach Sill, middle, attended Bearcats training camp to work on conditioning prior to the Washington Capitals training camp. Sill, a former Bearcat, is always willing to talk and share experiences. Pictured from left, are Campbell Pickard, Elliott MacIsaac, Sill, Noah Archibald and Daniel Little.
Zach Sill, middle, attended Bearcats training camp to work on conditioning prior to the Washington Capitals training camp. Sill, a former Bearcat, is always willing to talk and share experiences. Pictured from left, are Campbell Pickard, Elliott MacIsaac, Sill, Noah Archibald and Daniel Little.

TRURO, N.S. – The first phase of training camp is complete.

Everything that needed to be done, got done. Fitness testing, intra-squad games, exhibition play and trimming the roster were all addressed.

The Bearcats had a good-feel series with the Valley Wildcats. Truro appeared to have an edge in quickness and sustained flow.

Clearly the purpose was to bring the evaluation process to a higher level when playing against others, other than your own.

At the start of this week Truro’s numbers were cut to 25 (two goalies, seven defence, 16 forwards). That’s more manageable.

With school starting this week, it was not wise to keep the full load of prospects. Most have relocated with programs and most will be participating in the Midget Early Bird Tournament to be held Thursday through Sunday at the RECC where 16 games are scheduled.

There is still to be some tweaking done. Exhibition games this week will help determine a roster close to one which will start league play late next week.

Tonight, the Bearcats travel to New Glasgow to face their closest rival Crushers. That game gets underway 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Friday, the Bearcats host the Crushers at the RECC, also at 7 p.m.

For those players new to the roster, this is a rivalry which requires little kindling. For sure, the deeper into the camp, the more meaningful the opportunities to show your game.

It’s always a pleasure to see former Bearcats. Again this year, Zach Sill has taken the time to skate with the Bearcats. His is a work ethic worth emulating.

Sill, gearing up for the Washington Capitols’ Camp, David Brine, Matt Climie and Andrew MacDonald all made their way to NHL play. The organization is proud of that.

The Bearcats are an exciting, young group. The coaching staff looks to capitalize on that excitement and enthusiasm.

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

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