Bearcats fall on hard times in MJAHL
For the second time this season, the Truro Bearcats came out of a weekend empty handed.
Mind you, that refers to the acquisition of points. They did pick up greater insight on their competition which should come in handy down the road.
There is also no complaint regarding the effort put forth by Truro in either game. The opponents found a way to win and that's basically all that can be said.
Woodstock's win over the Bearcats last Friday marked their sixteenth consecutive victory. There's good reason why they are where they are. The Slammers are a big, skilled team which became bigger and more skilled with recent acquisitions. Right now, they're strong in all three zones and most likely still looking.
After a scoreless first period, the Slammers rattled off three goals in under two minutes. Take a break and they can make an opponent pay dearly.
A Truro shortcoming was the number of shots directed toward the Slammers goal. Quality shots preferred, but any shot on net has potential.
There were scores to be settled in that game. Now, there are new ones to be addressed. This is a rivalry with plenty of spice.
Saturday, Bearcats fans saw teams with differing styles. The Summerside squad showed great speed through the middle and were explosive in their transition game. The Capitals have three good lines which can score. Allowing three goals does not constitute an awful night against them.
Truro's game of working down low created enough chances but the Bearcats just could not get on the board in the first 59 minutes. Whether they were emotionally drained or up against stonewall goaltending, the bottom line is they needed a goal to get on track.
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers came to town Tuesday confident and determined to obtain their first win against Truro this season. Truro got its shots on net but the Crushers scored last to claim the overtime victory and remove a lingering doubt. It wasn't a pretty game.
Friday, the Bearcats begin their swing through Northern New Brunswick. First up is a game in Campbellton where they face a quick, young team earning its stripes under fire. The Tigers desperately need wins so their effort will be focused.
Saturday, in Miramichi, the Bearcats face a big physical pack of Timberwolves who currently sit second in the Meek Division.
The Bearcats goal is to curb the slide.
Gerry Hale is media relations co-ordinator for the Truro Bearcats hockey club