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MATCHING HATTRICKS LEAD GULLS TO VICTORY

Morgan Nauss of the Bubba Ray's Gulls turns the corner on Bearcats Jevan McNutt - photos by Al Rankin

TRURO, NS, November 3, 2012 - The Truro Bearcats were looking to improve their standing as captain Noah Archibald and his team were set to host the Bubba Ray's Major Bantam Gulls in Nova Sscotia Major Bantam Hockey League play Saturday. But the other team captain, Morgan Nauss of the Gulls, had other plans.

Nauss exploded for five points including a hattrick en route to an 8-1 victory over the Bearcats.

From the drop of the puck it was clear that the Gulls wanted to dominate all areas of the ice and they were rewarded quickly when Nauss moved the puck out front to an open Mitchell Rankin who had snuck in out-front unattended to bang in the games first.

Only seconds later the Gulls punched the puck off the boards to Nauss who was soaring up the wing to pinch in and ripped his first of the game to make it 2-0. Frustration began to set in for the Bearcats and the Gulls drew a power play and didn't disappoint when Nauss buried his second of the game with some help from rookies Connor Kirby and Brad Shaw.

Truro did not give up and midway through the second period it was Ryan Bakker who set the pace with some help from Mathieu Fougere as the Gulls failed to clear the zone and were caught on a long shift.

In the third, the Bearcats came out of the gate ready to take back full control of the game and went on the attack but were a little too aggressive and ended up on the short end of a power play as Jacob Hickey buried his first of the game with a quick release that went five-hole.

The period continued to tilt in favor of the Gulls as Nauss completed his hattrick unassisted as he yet again picked a corner. This was followed by a power play goal by veteran defenceman Aaron Parks assisted by Nick Fewer, and then another power play goal by Jacob Hickey.

Hickey would not be denied a hattrick of his own as the last seconds of the game ticked by he slammed home his third after being set up with a cross crease pass from Shane Bowers and head-manned by defenceman Jack Cameron.

The Gulls go back out on the road Sunday to face the Kings Mutual Valley Wildacts at the Appledome while the Bearcats host the Nova Jr X-Men in Amherst.

Other Saturday Action
Accel Halifax Hawks 1 - Breton Sport Cougars 3
Newbridge Academy Senators 1 - BMO Western Hurricanes 7
Nova Jr X-Men 2 - Cole Hbr Pro Hockey Life Storm 2
Scotsburn Pictou Crushers 1 - Mobil-1 Bedford Barons 10
Dartmouth Whalers 2 - Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats 9

- by Al Rankin