Full steam ahead

Truro Daily News - - Sports - Gerry Hale

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 60 min­utes.

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 Glas­gow.

The Bearcats face the Mi­rami-

chi Tim­ber­wolves at 3 p.m. Mon­day, then play St. Stephen, 5 p.m. 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 p.m. each day.

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