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Bearcats lose to Commandos in Game 2 of MHL final series


TRURO – Seventeen seconds was all it took for the Truro Bearcats to go from a group of rah-rah players on the verge of a comeback, to silent and frustrated.

When Daniel Perigo hit the back of the net on a shot from the slot at 18:32 of the second period, the Bearcats had pulled within one goal of the Dieppe Commandos. Just 17 seconds later, Commandos captain Ryan Langan had somehow stifled Jacob Fancy and restored a two-goal lead.

The building fell numb before Bearcats’ rink announcer Danny Carter finished the call on Perigo’s sixth of the postseason.

The Commandos would add another in a listless third period to take a 5-2 lead for a final score.

“We’re feeling really confident now but we have to stick to our game plan here and really outwork them and get our speed going on home ice,” Langan said after the game. “We just have to stick to our own game plan and use our speed to our advantage.”

The Commandos got out to an early start, with Benji Curtis banking a shot in from the side of the net off a Bearcat forward.

Jordan McNaughton would follow up just before the midway point of the first with a goal assisted by Jesse MacInnis and Jordan Wentzell.

Both teams exchanged chances through the second period, however the Commandos capitalized with a powerplay goal by Ryan Groom after Jake Primeau went to the box for interference.

Just three minutes later, Andrew Meredith streaked in on goal while fighting off a Bearcat defender. When the puck trickled away, Fancy came out to break it up but couldn’t reach the puck before the speedy forward. Meredith slid the puck into the empty net to make it 3-1.

Perigo pulled the Bearcats within one after a nifty behind-the-back pass from Alex Soumakis from the left corner, however Langan’s goal lifted the Commandos momentum level heading into the third.

In the final period, Truro managed just five shots on goal while several miscommunications led to turnovers, failed breakouts, low-percentage shots and even a collision between McNaughton and David Mosher behind their own net on the powerplay.

By the three-minute mark of the third period, many of the 1,195 fans in attendance had formed an orderly queue for the door.

Despite all this, Bearcats coach Shawn Evans rejected the idea a lack of effort resulted in the Bearcats’ shortcomings.

“Don’t ever question this team’s effort or wanting to win,” he said. “The other team was better than us. Sometimes you’ve got to take your medicine. We’ll do that. We have some things we need to work on. We’ll keep that in our room.”

Langan, meanwhile, felt the Commandos’ quick starts in each period helped cut down the Bearcats’ momentum.

“We knew they were going to come out hard so we had to come out harder,” he said. “First couple shifts we had for every line, we really took it to them. We have to concentrate on the next game and have the same start.”

The two teams will meet again on Thursday night in Dieppe, 7:30 p.m., before a quick turnaround and Game 4 in Truro on Friday night at 7 p.m.

When Daniel Perigo hit the back of the net on a shot from the slot at 18:32 of the second period, the Bearcats had pulled within one goal of the Dieppe Commandos. Just 17 seconds later, Commandos captain Ryan Langan had somehow stifled Jacob Fancy and restored a two-goal lead.

The building fell numb before Bearcats’ rink announcer Danny Carter finished the call on Perigo’s sixth of the postseason.

The Commandos would add another in a listless third period to take a 5-2 lead for a final score.

“We’re feeling really confident now but we have to stick to our game plan here and really outwork them and get our speed going on home ice,” Langan said after the game. “We just have to stick to our own game plan and use our speed to our advantage.”

The Commandos got out to an early start, with Benji Curtis banking a shot in from the side of the net off a Bearcat forward.

Jordan McNaughton would follow up just before the midway point of the first with a goal assisted by Jesse MacInnis and Jordan Wentzell.

Both teams exchanged chances through the second period, however the Commandos capitalized with a powerplay goal by Ryan Groom after Jake Primeau went to the box for interference.

Just three minutes later, Andrew Meredith streaked in on goal while fighting off a Bearcat defender. When the puck trickled away, Fancy came out to break it up but couldn’t reach the puck before the speedy forward. Meredith slid the puck into the empty net to make it 3-1.

Perigo pulled the Bearcats within one after a nifty behind-the-back pass from Alex Soumakis from the left corner, however Langan’s goal lifted the Commandos momentum level heading into the third.

In the final period, Truro managed just five shots on goal while several miscommunications led to turnovers, failed breakouts, low-percentage shots and even a collision between McNaughton and David Mosher behind their own net on the powerplay.

By the three-minute mark of the third period, many of the 1,195 fans in attendance had formed an orderly queue for the door.

Despite all this, Bearcats coach Shawn Evans rejected the idea a lack of effort resulted in the Bearcats’ shortcomings.

“Don’t ever question this team’s effort or wanting to win,” he said. “The other team was better than us. Sometimes you’ve got to take your medicine. We’ll do that. We have some things we need to work on. We’ll keep that in our room.”

Langan, meanwhile, felt the Commandos’ quick starts in each period helped cut down the Bearcats’ momentum.

“We knew they were going to come out hard so we had to come out harder,” he said. “First couple shifts we had for every line, we really took it to them. We have to concentrate on the next game and have the same start.”

The two teams will meet again on Thursday night in Dieppe, 7:30 p.m., before a quick turnaround and Game 4 in Truro on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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