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Bearcats look to gain upper hand


By Truro Daily News StaffTRURO Nothing has come easy for the Truro Bearcats this season. So why start now?

The Bearcats, inconsistent throughout the regular campaign, find themselves in that very position again – this time during their MHL first-round playoff series against the South Shore Lumberjacks.

After winning the first two games of the series, the Bearcats have dropped back-to-back contests to sit all-square with the Lumberjacks in the EastLink South Division best-of-seven semifinal affair.

Tonight, the Bearcats look for another peak in their season of ups and downs in an effort to gain the upper hand on their Bridgewater counterparts.

“We’re playing a good, motivated team – let’s make no mistake about that,” said Bearcats coach Shawn Evans. “But were playing the series as our season’s gone all year long; our pattern has been inconsistent. We want it but we sometimes fall away from the game plan. And when times are tough, you gotta stick to it.”

The Lumberjacks evened the series on Thursday with a 4-1 home-ice victory. The Bearcats managed just 18 shots and failed to generate much offensively in the contest. That has to change tonight, says the coach.

“We don’t have to go back to the drawing board but we have to go back to what works for us.

“We’ve got to get skating, come together as a group and get in on the forecheck. I give the opposition credit, but there’s ways around things and there’s certain things that we’re gonna have to do that we’re more than capable of doing. Now we need to do it.”

 

Game 4 recap

The Lumberjacks took advantage of a five-minute power play in the second period after Truro’s Noah Archibald was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking form behind.

Brandon Syms scored at 16:16 to give the home team a 2-1 lead, while Brian Reardon added another on the same man-power advantage just over a minute later.

“If there was a turning point, that was it,” Evans said. “They got the two goals and that was a hole that we never climbed out of. It started earlier in the period with getting on our heels, but credit to them; it was a big moment for them – they pumped two home on the PP and they took charge from there.”

Archibald will be lost to the Bearcats for the next two games, as the major penalty he took comes with a two-game suspension.

South Shore 4, Truro 1

–     Scorers – South Shore: Brandon Syms (2), Brian Reardon, Alex Rawding; Truro: Eli Jarvis.

–     Shots – South Shore 38, Truro 18

–     Power plays – South Shore (2-for-3), Truro (0-for-4)

–     Three stars – 1. Brandon Syms, SS; 2. Gareth Nicholson, SS; 3. Alseny Bangoura, SS

–     Attendance – 1,008

The Bearcats, inconsistent throughout the regular campaign, find themselves in that very position again – this time during their MHL first-round playoff series against the South Shore Lumberjacks.

After winning the first two games of the series, the Bearcats have dropped back-to-back contests to sit all-square with the Lumberjacks in the EastLink South Division best-of-seven semifinal affair.

Tonight, the Bearcats look for another peak in their season of ups and downs in an effort to gain the upper hand on their Bridgewater counterparts.

“We’re playing a good, motivated team – let’s make no mistake about that,” said Bearcats coach Shawn Evans. “But were playing the series as our season’s gone all year long; our pattern has been inconsistent. We want it but we sometimes fall away from the game plan. And when times are tough, you gotta stick to it.”

The Lumberjacks evened the series on Thursday with a 4-1 home-ice victory. The Bearcats managed just 18 shots and failed to generate much offensively in the contest. That has to change tonight, says the coach.

“We don’t have to go back to the drawing board but we have to go back to what works for us.

“We’ve got to get skating, come together as a group and get in on the forecheck. I give the opposition credit, but there’s ways around things and there’s certain things that we’re gonna have to do that we’re more than capable of doing. Now we need to do it.”

 

Game 4 recap

The Lumberjacks took advantage of a five-minute power play in the second period after Truro’s Noah Archibald was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking form behind.

Brandon Syms scored at 16:16 to give the home team a 2-1 lead, while Brian Reardon added another on the same man-power advantage just over a minute later.

“If there was a turning point, that was it,” Evans said. “They got the two goals and that was a hole that we never climbed out of. It started earlier in the period with getting on our heels, but credit to them; it was a big moment for them – they pumped two home on the PP and they took charge from there.”

Archibald will be lost to the Bearcats for the next two games, as the major penalty he took comes with a two-game suspension.

South Shore 4, Truro 1

–     Scorers – South Shore: Brandon Syms (2), Brian Reardon, Alex Rawding; Truro: Eli Jarvis.

–     Shots – South Shore 38, Truro 18

–     Power plays – South Shore (2-for-3), Truro (0-for-4)

–     Three stars – 1. Brandon Syms, SS; 2. Gareth Nicholson, SS; 3. Alseny Bangoura, SS

–     Attendance – 1,008

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