A good time to recharge the bat­ter­ies

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - Gerry Hale Gerry Hale is pres­i­dent and me­dia re­la­tions o cer for the Truro Bearcats ju­nior A hockey club.

Play­ing your best in spurts does not guar­an­tee suc­cess.

Some­times it en­ables you to dodge bul­lets; some­times it doesn’t.

Well, the Truro Bearcats saw both sides of that game on the week­end.

Satur­day, at home to the Pic­tou County Crush­ers, the Bearcats had a great first pe­riod, then hung on the rest of the way.

The Bearcats didn’t give the Crush­ers much, but the goal­tend­ing was key. Timely stops nulli-fied the fact the Bearcats were be­ing out­played.

Once into OT, any­thing can hap­pen. Truro got the goal. e Bearcats take the 2-1 over­time win.

Sun­day, in Ber­wick, the Bearcats were un­able to fend o the Val­ley Wild­cats’ tenac­ity. That team well de­served the 4-0 shutout win over Truro.

Ex­cept for the last 10 min­utes of the rst pe­riod, the Bearcats were in trou­ble. A goal, called back, set the tone.

In sport you can’t al­ways con­trol what hap­pens, but you can con­trol how you re­act to it. Truro’s re­ac­tion did not en­hance the team’s abil­ity to com­pete.

The Bearcats had picked up points in 10 con­sec­u­tive games. That feat ended with the loss to the Wild­cats. So, too, did the share of the Eastlink South Di­vi­sion’s sec­ond place with Amherst.

Men­tally, the team was not in a good frame of mind. Satur­day, the Bearcats had 11 rst-pe­riod shots, then fol­lowed with four in each of the sec­ond and third frames.

Sun­day, the Bearcats had 23 rst pe­riod shots, then three and six the rest of the way. Some­times shot count speaks vol­umes.

So, the Bearcats en­ter this week look­ing to recharge the bat­ter­ies and fo­cus on what helps them to achieve. It’s about team de­tails.

In­juries have taken its toll; how­ever, that hap­pens at times to all teams and you work through it. is cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties, but play­ers have to take ad­van­tage of it.

Tonight, the Bearcats are o to Amherst to face the Ram­blers at 7 p.m. ey’ve split two meet­ings, each win­ning by a siz­able mar­gin.

ere will be no pleas­antries ex­changed in this one. ere were plenty of reworks in the last out­ing.

The Bearcats don’t play at home again un­til Fri­day, Nov. 16, when they host the Yar­mouth Mariners.

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