The Pictou County Crushers will open their regular season schedule in the Mainland Peewee AAA Hockey League with two games this weekend against the Antigonish Bulldogs.
The teams will meet at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at the Antigonish Arena.
The Crushers registered a strong showing at the Jordan Boyd Memorial Tournament played from Friday through Sunday in Bedford.
The Crushers opened the tournament against the Halifax Hawks with a 4-2 victory on goals by Keegan Dalton, Kaden Smith, Levon Walst and Cade Moser, with assists coming from Walst, Dalton, Ben Marchand, Owen Conrad and Amis Crossman.
Jorja Burrows was solid in nets for the Crushers.
In the second game of the tournament on Saturday, the Crushers lost to the Bulldogs losing 4-1 despite outshooting them 41-22. Hot goaltending and hard play by the Bulldogs proved to be the difference.
The Crushers got their lone goal from Walst.
In the second game Saturday the Crushers appeared ready to play as they soundly defeated N.B. East Lightning 6-1.
Wyatt Spence recorded a pair of goals, while singles came from Dalton, Moser, Smith and Clint MacLaughlin.
Assists came from Walst, Smith, Crossman and Lane Sim.
Sunday’s final round robin game had the Crushers facing the Cole Harbour Red Wings in a game that the Crushers needed to win by a shutout win to move forward. They won 3-1.
The Crushers battled hard and killed off two 5-on-3 Cole Harbour power plays, but a penalty shot late in the second period was the only marker the Wings could get by the solid goaltending of Alex Palmer. Moser, MacLaughlin and Landon Steele tallied for the Crushers.
Smith collected two assists, while MacLaughlin, Spence, Sim and Moser added one apiece.