Off to the races

Truro Daily News - - SPORTS - Gerry Hale Gerry Hale is pres­i­dent and me­dia re­la­tions co-or­di­na­tor of the Truro Bearcats ju­nior A hockey club.

There’s noth­ing like a fresh start.

Well, the Truro Bearcats got just that when they opened postChrist­mas play on the road, then backed it up with the rst home win of the new year.

e team will ad­mit they can still play bet­ter but there’s clearly noth­ing shabby about two wins in two starts to kick things o .

Any win on the road is a good one, re­gard­less of the score. At no time in the game were the Bearcats on their heels. at’s a good thing.

While the Bearcat com­pete level was top drawer, there were some lit­tle things need­ing some cleanup to re­duce the goals against.

South Shore is a tough team to play. ey have won the two pre­vi­ous meet­ings, and all games were high scor­ing. ere are no gim­mies.

Satur­day, against the St. Ste- phen Aces, the Bearcats had a strong start with sound ex­e­cu­tion. Penal­ties, how­ever, dis­rupted the rhythm of the 5-on-5 play.

Both games re­quired a full 60 min­utes. That’s what the team needs. e team is mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. For sure, this is a group that needs to be on task one game at a time.

is week they pre­pare for a dou­ble­header at home, with Val­ley in town Fri­day, and Yar­mouth at the RECC on Satur­day.

The Wild­cats are an ev­er­chang­ing team. Re­gard­less, they al­ways come to play. To date, the Bearcats have won three of the four pre­vi­ous meet­ings.

e Bearcats have yet to pick up a win against the Mariners. is would be a good time to rec­tify that.

e Mariners are ex­pe­ri­enced and deep in all po­si­tions. With that comes pa­tience and ma­tu­rity.

Both games are im­por­tant to all con­cerned. Divi­sional play can bring out the best.

To­day, ros­ters in the MHL are ba­si­cally frozen for the re­main­der of the year. All teams can card 23 play­ers. e Bearcats are look­ing to get bet­ter but clearly not will­ing to sell the farm or fu­ture.

is is a good group of young play­ers who re­ally have not shown their true ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Pa­tience is a virtue.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.