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‘They need to help themselves’


TRURO – The Truro Bearcats sat in the dressing room, not a peep audible in the hallway outside as their coach opted to speak to media before addressing his team on Sunday.

The Bearcats had just wrapped up a three-game weekend with back-to-back losses, first against the worst team in the Eastlink Division and then against the best team in the Meek Division.

Sunday afternoon saw the team outskated, outshot, outhit and outscored in a 5-0 loss to the Woodstock Slammers.

“Woodstock is a good team and they outclassed us today. Let’s be honest,” Evans said. “They got a quick jump with the first two goals and we never responded.”

It took less than two minutes for the Slammers to get on the board, with a pair of quick goals from Brandon Parsons and former Bearcats draft pick Liam Hynes. Truro mustered just six shots on goal during the first period, which still turned out to be a game-high for the team.

The second frame saw more of the same, with Keaton Lubin putting one past Jacob Fancy, before Matthew Bursey made it 4-0 with four minutes to go in the period.

The Bearcats held the Slammers to one goal in the third period, when Mackenzie Brown scored on a breakaway to make it 5-0.

The Bearcats played a disjointed game, highlighted by a number of failed breakouts and turnovers. The powerplay yielded zero results on five tries.

Evans said its time for the team to go back to the drawing board to find balance in a five-man game plan.

“We have some guys who don’t do enough and some guys who do too much,” he said. “That way doesn’t work.”

With the Jan. 10 trade deadline fast approaching, several teams around the league have already begun adding pieces to their line-ups. Evans said the Bearcats have been in the hunt for new players, especially defensemen, but any positive change has to come from within the team.

“We’d like to make a couple of moves to help the guys in the room, but they need to help themselves,” he said. “Their number one fan is me. I believe they can be good. But they have to look deep and decide if they want to play the five-man unit way.”

The Bearcats will be looking for a different result next weekend when they host a pair of home games. First up is the South Shore Lumberjacks, Saturday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the team will face the St. Stephen County Aces at 2 p.m.

 

Game notes: The Slammers outshot the Bearcats 34-17, with Jacob Fancy turning aside 29 shots. First star of the game was Keaton Lubin (one goal, two assists), second star Mackenzie Brown (one goal, one assist), third star was Antoine Landry (17 saves, shutout). Liam Hynes scored once and added an assist in the game. Hynes, a Bearcat pick playing in the QMJHL, was traded to Woodstock in the offseason along with a third rounder for Jake Primeau. Jordan McNaughton and Jimmy Soper were back in the line-up this weekend. Alex Anthony sat out with a suspected MCL sprain in the same knee that caused him to sit out the entire season in 2013-14.

 

The Bearcats had just wrapped up a three-game weekend with back-to-back losses, first against the worst team in the Eastlink Division and then against the best team in the Meek Division.

Sunday afternoon saw the team outskated, outshot, outhit and outscored in a 5-0 loss to the Woodstock Slammers.

“Woodstock is a good team and they outclassed us today. Let’s be honest,” Evans said. “They got a quick jump with the first two goals and we never responded.”

It took less than two minutes for the Slammers to get on the board, with a pair of quick goals from Brandon Parsons and former Bearcats draft pick Liam Hynes. Truro mustered just six shots on goal during the first period, which still turned out to be a game-high for the team.

The second frame saw more of the same, with Keaton Lubin putting one past Jacob Fancy, before Matthew Bursey made it 4-0 with four minutes to go in the period.

The Bearcats held the Slammers to one goal in the third period, when Mackenzie Brown scored on a breakaway to make it 5-0.

The Bearcats played a disjointed game, highlighted by a number of failed breakouts and turnovers. The powerplay yielded zero results on five tries.

Evans said its time for the team to go back to the drawing board to find balance in a five-man game plan.

“We have some guys who don’t do enough and some guys who do too much,” he said. “That way doesn’t work.”

With the Jan. 10 trade deadline fast approaching, several teams around the league have already begun adding pieces to their line-ups. Evans said the Bearcats have been in the hunt for new players, especially defensemen, but any positive change has to come from within the team.

“We’d like to make a couple of moves to help the guys in the room, but they need to help themselves,” he said. “Their number one fan is me. I believe they can be good. But they have to look deep and decide if they want to play the five-man unit way.”

The Bearcats will be looking for a different result next weekend when they host a pair of home games. First up is the South Shore Lumberjacks, Saturday night at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the team will face the St. Stephen County Aces at 2 p.m.

 

Game notes: The Slammers outshot the Bearcats 34-17, with Jacob Fancy turning aside 29 shots. First star of the game was Keaton Lubin (one goal, two assists), second star Mackenzie Brown (one goal, one assist), third star was Antoine Landry (17 saves, shutout). Liam Hynes scored once and added an assist in the game. Hynes, a Bearcat pick playing in the QMJHL, was traded to Woodstock in the offseason along with a third rounder for Jake Primeau. Jordan McNaughton and Jimmy Soper were back in the line-up this weekend. Alex Anthony sat out with a suspected MCL sprain in the same knee that caused him to sit out the entire season in 2013-14.

 

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