Home cookin’

Af­ter earn­ing a split on open­ing week­end, the Truro Bearcats are set to be­gin a five-game home-stand with games to­mor­row and Satur­day at the RECC.

Truro Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - GERRY HALE

\A young Truro Bearcat club got its feet wet last week­end, com­ing away with a split. Both ver­dicts were de­served. In Yar­mouth, the Bearcats fell to a team that had its leg up on pre­pared­ness. The Mariners got a lead, then did enough to get the win.

While the Bearcat coach­ing staff knew what to ex­pect from Yar­mouth, the play­ers had to learn it against a team rich in ex­pe­ri­ence, speed and forecheck.

Truro came away with some sim­ple lessons. You need to score more than one goal on the road to win games, most nights.

Also, when chances are cre­ated, it’s im­por­tant to cap­i­tal­ize on them. They can dis­ap­pear quickly.

Satur­day, the Bearcats were suc­cess­ful in their home opener. It was early sea­son hockey but the Bearcats played hard, spread the scor­ing around and ap­pre­ci­ated get­ting the open­ing week­end be­hind them.

The County Aces were at the tail end of a three game swing through Nova Sco­tia. They showed no quit and in­di­cated they’ve learned from the suc­cess of last year.

There’s an old cliché that stated if you don’t win on the road, you have to win at home. Well, Truro’s next five games are at the friendly con­fines of the RECC.

This ex­tended home­s­tand be­gins Fri­day when the Pic­tou County Crush­ers are in town for a 7 p.m. start.

The Crush­ers have a strong crop of of­fen­sive re­turnees and will look for some early brag­ging rights. For sure, the com­pet­i­tive­ness be­tween th­ese two ri­vals will be on the front burner.

Satur­day, the Val­ley Wild­cats will be in town for a 7 pm start. This team has fewer of­fen­sive re­turnees and will look for new faces to find their way in the MHL.

The Bearcat fo­cus this week was to grow the Bearcat game. Work ethic, ef­fort and de­sire to learn are not con­cerns.

Get­ting com­bi­na­tions in order, ex­pos­ing strengths, min­i­miz­ing mis­takes and gen­eral team build­ing are the tasks at hand. This will be an on­go­ing process.

The play­ers ap­pre­ci­ated the re­sponse of open­ing night. They just want to get bet­ter.

CoDy MCeaCHerN/truro Daily News

The Truro Bearcats picked up their first vic­tory of the sea­son Satur­day, as they de­feated the St. Stephen Aces 5-3 at the Rath East­link Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Truro plays home games Fri­day and Satur­day.

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