TRURO –The Pictou County Crushers won all three games they played last weekend against the Valley Wildcats to stay close to the division lead in the Maritime Hockey League.
The Crushers defeated the Wildcats 7-3 on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and 9-2 on Friday in Berwick before pulling out a 6-5 overtime win over the Wildcats on Sunday as part of the league’s 2016 weekend showcase event in Truro.
They finished the showcase on Monday afternoon with a 4-3 shootout loss to the host Bearcats.
Michael Dill’s second goal of the game gave the Crushers their win on Sunday. Dill also gave the Crushers a 1-0 lead early in the first period.
Ethan Marsh, Jacob Hickey, Dylan Riley and Benji Curtis got the Crushers’ other goals.
Alexis Roy collected two goals and two assists and the Crushers scored three times in each period on Friday, although they were outshot 40-37 – including 21-6 in the third period.
Dill, Riley, Marsh, Nick Fewer, Mark Kennedy, Oliver Trachsel and affiliated player Robert Burrows also scored.
Curtis had three goals, while Roy scored twice to lead the Crushers on Thursday. Evan MacLennan and Mack Derraugh also scored.
Kennedy’s two goals gave the Crushers a 3-2 lead against the Bearcats on Monday, but the Bearcats tied the game in regulation and scored the only goal in the shootout that followed overtime.
Trachsel gave the Crushers a 1-0 lead in the first period.
Roy headed into this week with a narrow lead over Dill in the league’s individual scoring race with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, while Dill has eight goals and 13 assists.
Crushers’ goalie Danny Vautour has a 2.57 goals-against average.
The Crushers accumulated seven of a possible eight points from the four games and are in second place in the Eastlink Division, one point behind the first-place Yarmouth Mariners.
They continue to lead the league with a 36.7-per cent power-play efficiency and a penalty-killing rate of 95.3.
The Crushers are also a top-20 team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings.
They do not have a home game this week. They will visit the Bearcats once again on Saturday.
They will round out the month by hosting the St. Stephen Aces on Oct. 27 before visiting the Yarmouth mariners on Oct. 29 and the Wildcats on Oct. 30.