Bearcats hit the road

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

The line be­tween winning and los­ing the close ones is a fine one.

To date, the Truro Bearcats have had their fair share com­ing out on the good side. Not last week­end, though.

Fri­day, the Bearcats faced the MHL’s best early sea­son team, the Ed­mund­ston Bl­iz­zard. That team blew into Nova Sco­tia un­de­feated, and left the same way.

The Bl­iz­zard tran­si­tion game was im­pres­sive. Their at­tack was quick and re­lent­less, tak­ing away both time and space.

The Bearcats, for the most part, played them straight up. A costly third turnover, how­ever, proved the dif­fer­ence in the out­come.

The Bl­iz­zard pre­vented Truro from com­plet­ing a sweep of its six-game home­s­tand. Satur­day’s game in Yar­mouth was the first of five games on the road be­fore the Bearcats en­joy the con­fines of the RECC.

The Mariners, who split out­ings with Truro, got out of the gate quickly. They were ready to go.

Truro got some big penalty kills to keep things close and a solid third pe­riod proved to be too lit­tle, too late.

The Bl­iz­zard and Mariners are both skilled teams. It’s im­por­tant to make them play the full 200 feet of ice.

For sure, the Bearcats need more than one solid pe­riod a game on the road to suc­ceed.

The Bearcats are still in the process of de­vel­op­ing their game, de­ter­min­ing what they need to do and avoid­ing what they can’t af­ford to do.

All MHL teams were in the MHL Show­case Tues­day and Wed­nes­day in Sum­mer­side. Ex­pos­ing the MHL brand to scouts and re­cruiters in the CIS, NCAA and pro ranks is a league com­mit­ment.

Truro lost 4-1 to Mi­ramichi on Tues­day and fell 4-1 to Ed­mund­ston on Wed­nes­day.

The Bearcats are in Camp­bell­ton tonight, then in Mi­ramichi Satur­day. These games con­clude the busy road set.

The Tigers play a tough, phys­i­cal game, per­haps more so at home. The Bearcats de­feated them two weeks ago at the RECC.

Af­ter meet­ing in the show­case, there will be no se­crets be­tween the Bearcats and Tim­ber­wolves on Satur­day.

This is a busy Bearcat week but not un­like oth­ers face. It comes with the ter­ri­tory in ju­nior hockey.

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