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Truro Junior A Bearcats suffer setback to Lumberjacks

TRURO, N.S. – Two unanswered South Shore goals in the second period and another in the third were the undoing of the Truro Bearcats in Maritime Junior Hockey League action Saturday at the RECC.

The Bearcats came into the game looking to avenge a 3-2 shootout loss to the Lumberjacks two nights earlier and things looked promising after they rebounded from giving up the first goal of the game to take a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes.

Bair Gundenov beat Truro netminder Myles Hektor at 4:39 to open the scoring in the first, before the Bearcats rattled off three straight goals by Curtis Heffernan, Dylan Burton and Cole Julian to jump ahead 3-1.

Markers by Nicolas Tardif and Logan O’Neil tied things up in the second, however, and Gendunov’s second of the night at 1:29 of the final frame proved to be winner.

South Shore outshot the Bearcats 41-30 in the contest.

Thursday in Bridgewater, after a scoreless opening frame, G Blackmore opened the scoring with a powerplay marker in the second from Gavin Hart and Dylan Burton making it 1-0 for Truro midway through the frame. Brandon Stone replied for South Shore, also on the powerplay to knot it at 1-1 after 40 minutes.

The teams also exchanged goals in the third, with O’Neil tallying for the Lumberjacks and Lauchie MacDonald replying for Truro at 14:03, from Curtis Heffernan and Burton. When overtime settled nothing, Burton was the only one of the Bearcats’ first three shooters to score, but the Lumberjacks made good on their first two opportunities to take the victory.

South Shore outshot the Bearcats 38-29 in the contest.

Next up for the Bearcats will the Valley Wildcats this Friday night at the RECC at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 10 they pay a visit to Yarmouth to take on the division-leading Mariners in a 7 p.m. start.

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