Eval­u­a­tion be­comes prepa­ra­tion

Truro Daily News - - Sports - Gerry Hale

Life in train­ing camp is good when the coach is happy.

Clearly, there’s plenty of tal­ent among the new faces. Com­pe­ti­tion for po­si­tions has been great. Cam­pers are get­ting along well. That’s all good.

Un­for­tu­nately, things have to change. Num­bers must be re­duced.

The trim­ming process be­gan last week fol­low­ing the an­nual 3- on- 3 com­pe­ti­tion. It was a gru­el­ing week, one play­ers are glad to have be­hind them.

The switch from eval­u­at­ing prospects to pre­par­ing for the sea­son was un­der­way.

Last Satur­day’s ex­hi­bi­tion game against Val­ley gave many the op­por­tu­nity to play for the “T” on their sweater. It was an ex­cit­ing end-to-end game with some struc­ture sur­fac­ing on both sides. Some lessons are best learned early rather than later.

For the Bearcats, there were sev­eral: the team with most shots doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily win; mo­men­tum can change on the dime; must play a full 60 min­utes, and then some.

Fol­low­ing the game, play­ers were given Sun­day and Mon­day off. They de­served a break.

Some will do some self-eval­u­a­tion. Some will be con­tent with the week at camp and will re­port to midget teams and get ready for school.

Others will be de­ter­mined to stick around through an­other week. If they move on, it will be the coach’s de­ci­sion about re­as­sign­ment.

That’s life in ju­nior hockey. With the sea­son start­ing late next week, it’s time to name the ros­ter to start the sea­son and be ready for that start.

Fri­day, the Bearcats host their peren­nial ri­vals from Pic­tou County at 7 p.m. at the RECC. Satur­day, the Bearcats are in Pic­tou County for a 7 p.m. game.

The Bearcats en­tered the week with four goalies nine de­fence­men and six­teen for­wards. That will change.

Fans are re­minded sea­son passes can be pur­chased at the Bearcat of­fice. Be­sides ex­hi­bi­tion and reg­u­lar sea­son games, seats will be held for post-sea­son play.

This year sea­son ticket hold­ers will be pro­vided a 30-day trial at the RECC (all in­clu­sive) and have 24-hour ad­vance ticket pur­chases for RECC events (con­certs, sport­ing events etc.)

Re­mem­ber: Fri­day at 7 p.m.

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