Put the broom away

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - Gerry Hale Gerry Hale is me­dia re­la­tions co-or­di­na­tor for the Truro Bearcats ju­nior A hockey club.

The Truro Bearcats have been there be­fore. Not so, the Mi­ramichi Tim­ber­wolves.

Truro has been in the league fi­nals four of the last five years. They also have three MHL cham­pi­onships to their credit since re­turn­ing to ju­nior hockey 20 years ago.

For the East­link North Champs, this is their first ap­pear­ance in the fran­chise’s 17year his­tory.

Clearly this is un­charted wa­ters for the Mi­ramichi Tim­ber­wolves de­spite win­ning divi­sional ti­tles in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.

When the puck dropped to open this se­ries, the home­town Tim­ber­wolves weren’t pre­pared to test the wa­ter timidly – they dove in.

Their of­fen­sive surge was im­pres­sive. They at­tacked in waves, uti­liz­ing four strong lines and a de­fence as of­fen­sive as any in the league.

As hard as they tried, though, they were un­able to build any sig­nif­i­cant lead. Truro’s re­sponse was more mea­sured and ef­fi­cient.

That hap­pens when the other team won’t al­low you the puck, but the Bearcats made the ad­just­ments to keep the num­bers on the score­board close even though it might be called a sub­par per­for­mance.

Mi­ramichi swept their first two rounds, al­low­ing 13 goals against, and only four of those were scored at the Mi­ramichi Civic Cen­tre.

Well, Truro scored five there the open­ing game. If there were are doubts about the Tim­ber­wolf game, it would be in this area.

Well, Truro scored five more in Game 2 to claim the win and give the Tim­ber­wolves a taste of play­off de­feat.

Once the Bearcats got their foot­ing, they stymied the Tim­ber­wolf at­tack, re­duced the shots against and demon­strated that Mir­maichi doesn’t ap­pre­ci­ate body con­tact.

That was the Bearcat plan and as a team they ex­e­cuted. When lead­er­ship comes from all ar­eas, this Bearcat team is tough.

The Bearcats know what they have to do. So, too, do the Tim­ber­wolves, who looked or­di­nary in the fi­nal pe­riod of Tues­day’s game.

They’re at it in Mi­ramichi tonight and back in Truro Satur­day.

The se­ries is on – be part of it.

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