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Bearcats take three points in weekend outings


Truro sits one point back of Crushers for fourth place in division

TRURO, N.S. —

The Truro Bearcats faced three games in four days – never an easy propsect – and came away with three points of a possible six for their trouble.

The Bearcats opened the weekend Friday with a 4-3 win over the Valley Wildcats at the RECC. Saturday, they entertained the division-leading South Shore Lumberjacks and suffered a 4-1 setback.

Then Monday, in a Remembrance Day matinee in Amherst, the Bearcats were shaded 4-3 by the Ramblers in overtime.

Truro sits fifth in the Maritime Junior Hockey League’s Eastlink South Division with 15 points following weekend play, one point back of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers, and five points up on the last-place Wildcats.

The Lumberjacks hold top spot with 29 points, followed by Yarmouth Mariners with 25 and Amherst with 17.

Next up for the Bearcats will be a visit from the Miramichi Timberwolves. Game time Friday at the RECC is 7 p.m.

Bearcats 3 Ramblers 4 (OT)

Amherst scored in the opening frame on a short-handed effort with Truro countering in the second period to make it 1-1. Bearcat Ben Fraser netted his first of the season, from Caleb Hart and Matt Gordon.

In the third, it was punch, counter punch. Max Boudreau scored for the Ramblers, with G Blackmore pulling Truro even again, set up by Curtis Heffernan. Robbie Burt scored his second of the game for Amherst, but Ben Higgins potted his 12th of the season with just over three minutes remaining in regulation to deadlock it at three.

Stephen Fox scored the winner for Amherst at 2:22 of OT for the 4-3 final.

The Ramblers outshot the Bearcats 46-25.

Lumberjacks 4 Bearcats 1

Three unanswered goals in the middle frame Saturday proved the difference for the visiting Lumberjacks, as the teams were tied at one after 20 minutes.

Truro’s only goal came off the stick of Spencer Blackwell with 1:05 to play in the first, assisted by Higgins and Blackmore.

Bair Gendunov, Ian Smallwood, Riley Spears and Cameron Brown tallied for the Lumberjacks.

Wildcats 3 Bearcats 4

Friday, Truro showed some offensive mettle, outshooting the Wildcats 41-24. It was 1-1 after the opening frame and 2-2 after the second.

Blackmore scored the eventual winner at 14:11 of the third, from Higgins and Blackwell.

Higgins finished the game with a goal and three assists, while Blackmore and Blackwell each had a goal and two helpers.

Carson Lanceleve had the other Truro marker while netminder Alec MacDonald picked up the win in goal.

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