TRENTON — One could not write the script on Sunday as the Pictou County Crushers won the Nova Scotia Peewee AAA hockey championship.
Landon Sim’s power-play goal with 3.8 seconds left in the third period lifted the Crushers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the TASA Ducks to send the Crushers to the Atlantic championships in Newfoundland.
TASA led 1-0 after the first period, while Blaise MacDonald’s two goals gave the Crushers a brief lead.
The game remained tied through the third period before TASA was penalized twice in the last 57 seconds to eventually give the Crushers a two-man advantage.
Sim charged the net after taking a pass in the high slot and at the last moment spun around and scored on a backhand shot to the short side.
“He’s a good player,” said Crushers head coach Jon Sim, who is also his father. “He willed us to win. We stayed out of the penalty box and the guys put it on the ice at the right time.”
The win was the Crushers’ third of the tournament after going 1-3 in the preliminary round.
They opened the tournament with a 4-3 loss to the Halifax Hawks on Thursday before they downed the Glace Bay Miners 12-3 and lost 8-4 to the Ducks on Friday.
Landon Sim scored twice and Lucas Canning once against Halifax, while Joseph Mason and Kiefer Avery tallied against Bedford.
Canning’s five goals and three assists and Sim’s three goals and two assists led the win against Glace Bay.
Mason scored twice, while Avery and MacDonald got the other goals.
The Bedford Blues defeated the Crushers 6-2 on Saturday to leave them in fourth place and matched them against Halifax in one of the semifinal games earlier on Sunday. There, the Crushers edged Halifax 4-3 to advance to the championship.
Crushers captain Landon Sim, right, is congratulated by teammates after their dramatic victory that clinched the Nova Scotia Peewee AAA hockey championship on Sunday in Trenton. (Goodwin photo)