Bearcats Banter, Bytes

The Truro Bearcats came out of September with three wins and a pair of losses.

Many teams in the MHL would be happy with that start. For the Bearcats, it’s realistic, for a young team in the early going.

They have now faced all competition in their Eastlink South Division, with the exception of the South Shore Lumberjacks. They’re getting a feel for where they stand.

Clearly it’s a tough Division but nobody said it was going to be easy. The competition will make all teams better.

Last Wednesday, the Bearcats had a great opening against the Amherst Ramblers but weren’t rewarded. For a variety of reasons, the Ramblers took over.

For the first time this season the Bearcats were playing without the lead. They lost their composure and departed the play expected of them.

Youth and lack of experience were obvious. It was a good lesson.

Thursday, in Pictou County, the Bearcats responded differently to playing with a deficit. They replied quickly, upped their intensity, then took charge.

The Bearcats finished the week in Yarmouth against the MHL’s top team at this time. The Mariners scored in each period before the Bearcats could get on the board.

Truro clearly needed more than one goal against that team; however, there were no complaints about compete level, intensity and use of all sixty minutes.

This weekend the Bearcats host their first doubleheader of the season. Friday, the Mariners are in town, and Saturday, Pictou County is at the RECC. Both games get underway at 7:00 pm.

The teams are now familiar with each other. There are no surprises. It’s all about execution.

The MHL Showcase is set for next Monday and Tuesday at the Wellness Centre in New Glasglow.

The Bearcats face the Miramichi Timberwolves, 3:00 pm Monday, then play St. Stephen, 5:00 pm on Tuesday. 
All MHL teams play a pair which count in the standings. It’s a great opportunity for fans and recruiters to see all teams in one spot. Play opens at 1:00 pm each day.

Bearcat Bytes
Gerry Hale

The Bearcat – of – the – Week honours went to second year Bearcat forward, Gavin Hart. He opened the scoring and added an insurance marker in last Thursday’s 5 – 1 road win over the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

He got his hockey start in the Truro and Area Minor Program, playing at the “AAA” level from the get go. In his second Bantam season with the Truro Bearcat Major Bantams, he impressed with a 32 goal, 19 assist season, giving him 50 goals and 32 assists over those two years. His single season with the Weeks Midgets saw him pick up 19 goals and 21 helpers. At both the Bantam and Midget seasons he was named to the Rookie – All Star Teams. The 2017 Bearcat Territorial pick cracked Truro’s lineup for the 2017 – 2018 season, finishing with 10 goals and 18 assists, with 7 of those coming on the Power play. The 2017 Halifax Moosehead pick suited up with the Mooseheads for the second round of their QMJHL playoffs last year. A skilled forward who plays with grit, he’s quickly become a go – to forward.

Tomorrow, Friday, October 5, the Bearcats are at the RECC to face the Yarmouth Mariners in a 7:00 pm game.

Saturday, the Pictou County Crushers are at the RECC for a 7:00 start against the Bearcats.

The MHL Showcase, held this season in New Glasgow, has the Bearcats face the Miramichi Timberwolves, 3:00 pm, Monday, October 8th and the St. Stephen Aces, 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 9th.

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