Truro claims game one in semifinals over Valley Wildcats

Jennifer Vardy Little
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Kyle Tibbo with the Truro Bearcats tries a wraparound of the Wildcats net March 15 in Truro, but Valley goalie Blade Mann-Dixon makes the save. Valley lost game one of the semifinal action to Truro. – Joey Smith, Truro Daily News

Head coach Nick Greenough was encouraging the Valley Wildcats to “forget” the first game against Truro, and instead focus on game two, which will be played at home in Kentville.

“Tomorrow’s a new game,” Greenough said shortly after Valley’s 7-1 loss to the top-ranked Truro Bearcats.

Truro came out strong, scoring three unanswered goals in each of the first three periods, then picking up a seventh marker in the top of the third as Valley swapped starting goalie Blade Mann-Dixon with Bobby Palzer.

Nick Bruce put the Wildcats on the board with just over three minutes left in the game, off the stick of Brady Atwater and Austin Harding, but it was too little too late for Valley.

“In the first two periods we really didn’t come out and compete,” Greenough said. “In the third, we started playing our style of hockey. We’ve got to make sure on Tuesday that we come out and play our style of hockey.”

Game two will be played at home in Kentville, which Greenough believes will help the Wildcats.

“We play well at home, it’s a smaller rink and we do well on it,” he said. “We’re looking forward to being there and having the crowd there to cheer us on.”

Already, Greenough is making plans to watch a video of the game with the team on Sunday, followed by a light skate on Monday, to prepare for the March 18 rematch.

Visit KingsCountyNews.ca for a live blog of all games of the semifinal series. 

Organizations: Wildcats

Geographic location: Kentville

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