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Beaton makes immediate impact in Bearcats debut


TRURO – At six-foot-three and 176 pounds, not too many players in the league will take liberties when Zach Beaton is on the ice.

The Stratford, P.E.I., native is the newest player to don a Bearcat jersey, as he suited up Sunday afternoon against St. Stephen.

After beating the league-best Woodstock Slammers on Saturday night, the Miramichi Timberwolves informed the 19-year-old forward he’d just been traded to Truro for future considerations. Beaton went from a top contender in the Meek Division to a team capable of contending in the Eastlink Division.

“It’s two different stories completely,” Beaton said of the change. “It’s a whole different division completely. I haven’t played in this division before, but I’m excited to see what we can bring. I think we can win it all.”

After spending his 17-year-old season with the Summerside Western Capitals and dressing for an RBC Cup game, Beaton spent last season in major junior with the Charlottetown Islanders. In August, he was one of two hometown players cut from the roster out of camp.

“Playing in Charlottetown last year and then coming back to junior A, it’s not always your first choice,” he said. “But I wasn’t disappointed. This league is a good league with good hockey. I was excited to play and bring a bit more to my team (than in Charlottetown).”

So far this season, Beaton has 18 points in 32 games, including an assist Sunday. It’s a far cry from the three points he mustered in 45 games last year.

“I like to be fast-paced and hard-hitting, always playing the body,” he said. “This year I’m a little more offensively minded. I’m still defense-first but I like to chip in.”

Despite spending Saturday night packing and Sunday morning driving, Beaton was intent on making a solid first impression with the Bearcats.

“I hoped to (make an impact today). I wanted to come and give everything I had and everything I could for the team.”

 

 

 

The Stratford, P.E.I., native is the newest player to don a Bearcat jersey, as he suited up Sunday afternoon against St. Stephen.

After beating the league-best Woodstock Slammers on Saturday night, the Miramichi Timberwolves informed the 19-year-old forward he’d just been traded to Truro for future considerations. Beaton went from a top contender in the Meek Division to a team capable of contending in the Eastlink Division.

“It’s two different stories completely,” Beaton said of the change. “It’s a whole different division completely. I haven’t played in this division before, but I’m excited to see what we can bring. I think we can win it all.”

After spending his 17-year-old season with the Summerside Western Capitals and dressing for an RBC Cup game, Beaton spent last season in major junior with the Charlottetown Islanders. In August, he was one of two hometown players cut from the roster out of camp.

“Playing in Charlottetown last year and then coming back to junior A, it’s not always your first choice,” he said. “But I wasn’t disappointed. This league is a good league with good hockey. I was excited to play and bring a bit more to my team (than in Charlottetown).”

So far this season, Beaton has 18 points in 32 games, including an assist Sunday. It’s a far cry from the three points he mustered in 45 games last year.

“I like to be fast-paced and hard-hitting, always playing the body,” he said. “This year I’m a little more offensively minded. I’m still defense-first but I like to chip in.”

Despite spending Saturday night packing and Sunday morning driving, Beaton was intent on making a solid first impression with the Bearcats.

“I hoped to (make an impact today). I wanted to come and give everything I had and everything I could for the team.”

 

 

 

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