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Summerside native Geri-Lynn Ramsay in action at the 2017 Alberta Scotties provincial women’s curling championship in St. Albert last week.
Summerside native Geri-Lynn Ramsay in action at the 2017 Alberta Scotties provincial women’s curling championship in St. Albert last week.

CALGARY – The Geri-Lynn Ramsay-skipped rink made a huge statement last week.

With a goalie stick poking him in the chin, Parsons made a few half-hearted swings at Fancy, fully aware of what was coming next.

The Bearcats dog-piled on, with defenceman Braydon Blight wrestling the culprit to the ground. A few feet away, Zach Beaton rag-dolled another Lumberjacks player with a linesman in the middle.

As the ruckus settled, Matt Donnelly threw his hands in the air and cheered. His teammates turned their sneers into smiles and gathered in the crease. The Bearcats had escaped the scrappy game with a 3-2 win.

“It was like a playoff game out there,” Bearcats captain Jimmy Soper said afterwards. “It was a great atmosphere, and a big two points. Let’s roll with it.”

The Bearcats started the scoring eight minutes into the first period on a powerplay goal from Donnelly. Truro held the lead until the final minute of the frame, when Josh Shatford beat Fancy to tie the game.

South Shore opened the scoring in the second with a goal from Makail Parker at 4:26. Three minutes later, Brandon Hughes cleaned up in front of the Lumberjacks net and potted his second of the season.

Midway through the period, rookie Bearcat Cam MacLeod was taken down by defenceman Alseny Bangoura. MacLeod gave Bangoura a few extra shots as the two slid into the boards. Bangoura hacked back as the two got to their feet, and dropped his gloves. MacLeod obliged and, albeit biting off more than he could chew, hung in there for a few good ones from the much larger Bangoura.

The intensity stayed high as the two teams traded chances, until Soper buried the eventual game-winner on a hard shot from the slot with eight seconds remaining in the period.

Fancy shut the door in the third, turning aside 11 shots for a 32-save total.

Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said it was the toughest game his team has played through six attempts this season. After trouble gelling last season, the fresher-faced team has looked unified in proving themselves to the league so far this year.

“The coaching staff likes what we see,” he said. “This is a good group of young men, trying to find their way. But they’re doing it together, and that will go a long way.”

As for MacLeod’s tilt, Evans said he appreciated the effort from the 17-year-old kid.

“That might have been his ‘Welcome to the league’ moment,” he said. “But he stood up for the team. You don’t always have to be the victor in the one-on-one battles to gain respect. He did that tonight.”

The Bearcats (4-1-1) also picked up a road win on Friday night, with a 5-1 win over Yarmouth. They’ll head to Pictou on Thursday night before returning home to face Amherst on Saturday night.

 

With a goalie stick poking him in the chin, Parsons made a few half-hearted swings at Fancy, fully aware of what was coming next.

The Bearcats dog-piled on, with defenceman Braydon Blight wrestling the culprit to the ground. A few feet away, Zach Beaton rag-dolled another Lumberjacks player with a linesman in the middle.

As the ruckus settled, Matt Donnelly threw his hands in the air and cheered. His teammates turned their sneers into smiles and gathered in the crease. The Bearcats had escaped the scrappy game with a 3-2 win.

“It was like a playoff game out there,” Bearcats captain Jimmy Soper said afterwards. “It was a great atmosphere, and a big two points. Let’s roll with it.”

The Bearcats started the scoring eight minutes into the first period on a powerplay goal from Donnelly. Truro held the lead until the final minute of the frame, when Josh Shatford beat Fancy to tie the game.

South Shore opened the scoring in the second with a goal from Makail Parker at 4:26. Three minutes later, Brandon Hughes cleaned up in front of the Lumberjacks net and potted his second of the season.

Midway through the period, rookie Bearcat Cam MacLeod was taken down by defenceman Alseny Bangoura. MacLeod gave Bangoura a few extra shots as the two slid into the boards. Bangoura hacked back as the two got to their feet, and dropped his gloves. MacLeod obliged and, albeit biting off more than he could chew, hung in there for a few good ones from the much larger Bangoura.

The intensity stayed high as the two teams traded chances, until Soper buried the eventual game-winner on a hard shot from the slot with eight seconds remaining in the period.

Fancy shut the door in the third, turning aside 11 shots for a 32-save total.

Bearcats coach Shawn Evans said it was the toughest game his team has played through six attempts this season. After trouble gelling last season, the fresher-faced team has looked unified in proving themselves to the league so far this year.

“The coaching staff likes what we see,” he said. “This is a good group of young men, trying to find their way. But they’re doing it together, and that will go a long way.”

As for MacLeod’s tilt, Evans said he appreciated the effort from the 17-year-old kid.

“That might have been his ‘Welcome to the league’ moment,” he said. “But he stood up for the team. You don’t always have to be the victor in the one-on-one battles to gain respect. He did that tonight.”

The Bearcats (4-1-1) also picked up a road win on Friday night, with a 5-1 win over Yarmouth. They’ll head to Pictou on Thursday night before returning home to face Amherst on Saturday night.

 

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