The Bearcats earned a hard-fought 3-2 decision with stickhandling artist Luke Fielding firing two goals and gritty Tim MacIntyre providing the other marker. In goal for Truro, Avery Hilchie, a 13-year-old product of East Noel, was brilliant as he stopped the Flyers time and time again from point-blank range. The spirited play of Drew Mumford, Aidan Rann and Bailey Faulkner also stood out.
Other Bearcats players spoke about what appears to be a fun-filled season.
Luke Fielding, 13, centre, of Brookfield: “One team I like playing against are Sackville. They make for good competition… We certainly have a good bunch of guys and girls on this hockey team. We’re having a lot of fun playing this game together.”
Maddie Quinn, 14, defenceman, of Bible Hill: “Our team moves the puck really well and we have some tremendous skaters. I would like to go as far as I can go in women’s hockey. This is a sport of great opportunities. It can open a lot of doors.”
Connor MacKay, 14, defenceman and team captain, of Salmon River: “I really enjoy the body contact of hockey. We have a real fast team this year and we move the puck well. The harmony is good with our players.”
Zach Richards, 13, defenceman, of Truro: “This is my sixth year playing organized hockey. I enjoy the competitiveness of the game. It’s great meeting new people and I like staying active. We’re a strong-built team. We’re good at getting the puck out of our end and we don’t turn the puck over that much.”
The Sandy Murdock coached Bearcats do not play in a league but instead schedule exhibition games and enter tournaments. Earlier this season they won the Cape Breton Hockey Tournament in Sydney while finishing 2-0-2 in the recent KFC Tournament in Truro.
“Our main goal for the year would be to advance to the Day of Champions to be played at the BMO Centre in Hammonds Plains March 28,” Murdock, 37, of Truro, said. “Should we make it to the BMO Centre, Sackville will likely be the team standing in our way.”
Quick to credit his assistant coaches Ken Melanson and Tony Faulkner, Murdock also praised the team’s co managers, Lisa Decoste and Robert Richards, for the job they’ve done in lining up games.
“These players play for the love of the game which makes it a lot of fun to be around,” the six-year minor hockey coach said. “Sometimes in more competitive hockey there is too much worrying about the win rather then the fun side of hockey.”
The founder of one of this area’s outstanding spring hockey tournaments -- it was five years ago Murdock approached the Truro & Area Minor Hockey Association about creating the March Break Friendship Tournament. The tournament began with 12 atom teams in 2011, and now has 34 teams from novice to midget registered this season for March 17-22.
A former area minor hockey goaltender, Murdock played from novice to midget in Truro. It was 1994-95 that he played the first of two seasons in minor junior with the Truro Bearcats. Murdock followed up with one season of junior B hockey with the Brookfield Elks.
Lyle Carter’s sports column appears Saturdays in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.