Bearcats beat Crushers in low-scoring, tight contest

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - No matter what, the Truro Bearcats weren't going to let this one get away.
A night after suffering their first regulation loss of the season (a 4-2 setback to the Summerside Western Capitals), the Bearcats won a 1-0 battle of attrition over their rival Pictou County Weeks Crushers (7-8-0-0) in front of 873 at Colchester Legion Stadium.
The victory improves the Maurice Bent Division leading Bearcats to 11-1-1-0 and their 23 points gives them an eight-point cushion over the Yarmouth Mariners (7-6-1-0), Amherst Ramblers (7-6-0-1) and the Bridgewater Lumberjacks (5-6-1-2), all tied at 15.
"I think we played really well," said goaltender Kirk Rafuse, whose 21 saves gave him the shutout. "It was a close game and nobody could buy one on either side."
Despite a combined 17 shots from both sides, neither team managed to score a goal in the opening period.
The Bearcats jumped to a 1-0 lead on a Cole Hawes tally at 15:50 of the second period and didn't look back.
"We were strong on the forecheck and were tight defensively," Rafuse said. "We didn't have too many breakdowns for them to capitalize on."
That's exactly how they were looking to play after Friday's setback. Alex Newman suffered the loss with 26 saves. Both sides were 0-for-6 on the powerplay.
Rafuse said he and his teammates learned a lesson Friday.
"We know we've got to work hard to win and we've got to play like that every night."
The Bearcats are back in action Friday when they travel to Yarmouth for a 7:30 p.m. contest. They return home to host Pictou County the following night, also at 7:30 p.m.

Organizations: Summerside Western Capitals, Maurice Bent Division

Geographic location: Pictou County, Colchester Legion Stadium, Yarmouth

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