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TRURO – As 10-year-olds playing atom hockey, Matthew and Taylor Smith went the entire season without losing a game.

Now, as teenagers in their second season of midget, the boys are in the midst of another outrageous season. Their Truro Bearcats Midget AA team is off to a 14-0-1 start, heading into a midseason tournament this weekend in Moncton.

“This year feels a lot like (atom),” Matthew said after a practice on Wednesday night.

The two Smiths are part of a leadership group including Luke MacMillan and Gavynn Carter, all of whom wear a letter for the team. MacMillan is leading the way so far, with a scorching 24 points in 15 games.

When asked if they were happy to be playing AA instead of being with the Weeks Midgets AAA program, the boys chuckled. Some of them have had their chances in the past, but are glad to be back home playing with their friends and winning.

“I just like the positivity here,” MacMillan said.

“Nobody on the bench gets down on each other,” Taylor added. “Even if it’s a close game and somebody messes up. Nobody gets down and nobody gives up. We all stick together really well.”

The team is also skilled… Very skilled.

In 15 games this season, the Bearcats have outscored opponents by a 74-17 margin. Their widest blowout came in the second game of the season, a 9-0 extravaganza against Dartmouth. Their closest games have been against the TASA Ducks, who they tied 2-2 on Oct. 30 and edged 3-2 on Nov. 27. They’ll face off again this weekend in Moncton.

“We know we have to play our best hockey against them,” Taylor said. “Hopefully we’ll take the starch out of them.”

“We haven’t played out best game against them, but we will,” Matthew chimed in.

The goal at the end of the season is to be provincial champions, something that eluded them last season when the Ducks knocked them out of contention. Just a week earlier, the Bearcats had shut out TASA 4-0, making the eventual loss even more painful.

“We should have won it last year, so that’s why we want it that much more this year,” said Carter. “We had a good season, we just went downhill at the wrong time.”

This year, they’ll look to continue working towards their goal and peak at the right time. They’ll be in tough, with Bedford and Halifax growing stronger as the season wears on. Along with TASA, the four teams round out the top in the province. The Bearcats are alone at the top, however, eight points up on Bedford.

While it reminds the boys of their incredible atom season, it’s a different sort of accomplishment to do it at a higher level.

“Doing it in midget is a bit different,” Taylor said. “It feels a lot better.”

 

Now, as teenagers in their second season of midget, the boys are in the midst of another outrageous season. Their Truro Bearcats Midget AA team is off to a 14-0-1 start, heading into a midseason tournament this weekend in Moncton.

“This year feels a lot like (atom),” Matthew said after a practice on Wednesday night.

The two Smiths are part of a leadership group including Luke MacMillan and Gavynn Carter, all of whom wear a letter for the team. MacMillan is leading the way so far, with a scorching 24 points in 15 games.

When asked if they were happy to be playing AA instead of being with the Weeks Midgets AAA program, the boys chuckled. Some of them have had their chances in the past, but are glad to be back home playing with their friends and winning.

“I just like the positivity here,” MacMillan said.

“Nobody on the bench gets down on each other,” Taylor added. “Even if it’s a close game and somebody messes up. Nobody gets down and nobody gives up. We all stick together really well.”

The team is also skilled… Very skilled.

In 15 games this season, the Bearcats have outscored opponents by a 74-17 margin. Their widest blowout came in the second game of the season, a 9-0 extravaganza against Dartmouth. Their closest games have been against the TASA Ducks, who they tied 2-2 on Oct. 30 and edged 3-2 on Nov. 27. They’ll face off again this weekend in Moncton.

“We know we have to play our best hockey against them,” Taylor said. “Hopefully we’ll take the starch out of them.”

“We haven’t played out best game against them, but we will,” Matthew chimed in.

The goal at the end of the season is to be provincial champions, something that eluded them last season when the Ducks knocked them out of contention. Just a week earlier, the Bearcats had shut out TASA 4-0, making the eventual loss even more painful.

“We should have won it last year, so that’s why we want it that much more this year,” said Carter. “We had a good season, we just went downhill at the wrong time.”

This year, they’ll look to continue working towards their goal and peak at the right time. They’ll be in tough, with Bedford and Halifax growing stronger as the season wears on. Along with TASA, the four teams round out the top in the province. The Bearcats are alone at the top, however, eight points up on Bedford.

While it reminds the boys of their incredible atom season, it’s a different sort of accomplishment to do it at a higher level.

“Doing it in midget is a bit different,” Taylor said. “It feels a lot better.”

 

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