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Bearcats fall to Lumberjacks, Valley inches closer


TRURO – The South Shore Lumberjacks mustered just 19 shots on goal, but it was enough to play spoiler on Saturday night.

The Lumberjacks leaned on the play of Shawn Hubley, who scored a hat trick en route to the ‘Jacks 4-2 win over the Truro Bearcats.

With the loss, the Bearcats failed to gain any ground in the Eastlink Division standings, with the Valley Wildcats now just a single point behind them for third place.

The two teams played to a scoreless first period before Truro got on the board with a goal from Zach Beaton just 41 seconds into the second frame. Jimmy Soper and Alex Soumakis picked up assists.

Hubley answered back for the Lumberjacks five minutes later. The score remained knotted at ones for the rest of the period. Truro outshot the Lumberjacks 10-6 in both periods.

Hubley again found the back of the net 7:26 into the third period, shortly before Kelly Yates made things 3-1 for the Lumberjacks.

With the Bearcats pressing late in the period, and goalie Mark Grametbauer on the bench, Daniel Perigo banged one in from the goalmouth to pull the Bearcats within one at 18:06. They’d have several more chances in the final minute, but couldn’t beat goalie Christopher Langlais, who turned aside 26 of 28 shots.

Truro was forced to play two defenseman short as Jake Primeau and Matt Donnelly both sat for the first game of two-game suspensions. Primeau was suspended for his third checking-to-the-head penalty, while Donnelly was handed two games for a gross misconduct in last week’s loss to Yarmouth.

The Bearcats will head to Bridgewater on Friday for a rematch with the Lumberjacks before returning home to face Pictou County on Saturday in a possible first-round preview. After next weekend, Truro will have four games left in the regular season. A third-place finish will likely set up a first-round matchup with Yarmouth, while a fourth finish will get them the Eastlink-best Pictou County Crushers.

The Lumberjacks leaned on the play of Shawn Hubley, who scored a hat trick en route to the ‘Jacks 4-2 win over the Truro Bearcats.

With the loss, the Bearcats failed to gain any ground in the Eastlink Division standings, with the Valley Wildcats now just a single point behind them for third place.

The two teams played to a scoreless first period before Truro got on the board with a goal from Zach Beaton just 41 seconds into the second frame. Jimmy Soper and Alex Soumakis picked up assists.

Hubley answered back for the Lumberjacks five minutes later. The score remained knotted at ones for the rest of the period. Truro outshot the Lumberjacks 10-6 in both periods.

Hubley again found the back of the net 7:26 into the third period, shortly before Kelly Yates made things 3-1 for the Lumberjacks.

With the Bearcats pressing late in the period, and goalie Mark Grametbauer on the bench, Daniel Perigo banged one in from the goalmouth to pull the Bearcats within one at 18:06. They’d have several more chances in the final minute, but couldn’t beat goalie Christopher Langlais, who turned aside 26 of 28 shots.

Truro was forced to play two defenseman short as Jake Primeau and Matt Donnelly both sat for the first game of two-game suspensions. Primeau was suspended for his third checking-to-the-head penalty, while Donnelly was handed two games for a gross misconduct in last week’s loss to Yarmouth.

The Bearcats will head to Bridgewater on Friday for a rematch with the Lumberjacks before returning home to face Pictou County on Saturday in a possible first-round preview. After next weekend, Truro will have four games left in the regular season. A third-place finish will likely set up a first-round matchup with Yarmouth, while a fourth finish will get them the Eastlink-best Pictou County Crushers.

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