The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will close their pre-holiday schedule this week with two MHL games against the South Shore Lumberjacks.
The teams will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and on Friday in Bridgewater.
Alexis Roy scored twice and teammate Michael Dill added three assists as the Crushers kept their lead in the league’s South Division with a 4-2 victory over the Truro Bearcats last Thursday. It was their 20th win of the regular season.
Crushers’ defenceman Keven Larouche answered Truro’s first goal with a power-play marker midway through the first period. It was Larouche’s fifth goal and 15th point in the 14 games since the Crushers acquired him from a team in Quebec in October.
The Bearcats led 2-1 in the second period before Roy and Alex Bonaparte gave the Crushers their first lead of the game. Roy completed the scoring in the third period.
The Crushers outshot Truro 36-23, including 17-3 in the second period.
On Saturday in Truro, Roy and Dill assisted on each other’s goal in the second period to give the Crushers a 2-1 lead. The Bearcats tied the game in the second period and notched the winning goal in the third to post a 3-2 victory, despite being outshot 23-14.
The Crushers’ weekend split leaves them with a one-point lead on the Yarmouth Mariners entering this week’s action. Each team has won 20 games and lost six games in regulation.
Roy now has 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points to continue his lead in the league’s individual scoring race. Dill is second with 18 goals and 30 assists for 48 points.
The Crushers were hoping to improve on their 19th place standing in the CJHL top 20 rankings. The split of their two games left them in 20th spot.
Defenceman Keven Larouche has been a productive scorer for the Crushers since his arrival in October. Larouche had 15 points in 14 games through last Thursday’s game against the Bearcats at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)