Crushers win seventh straight

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Make it seven wins in a row for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers.

Isaac Chapman’s overtime goal gave the Crushers a 3-2 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in the Crushers’ only game this week in the Maritime Hockey League.

It was the Crushers’ ninth win in their last 10 games and kept them within two points of the fourth-place South Shore Lumberjacks in the South Division standings.

The first period and third period were scoreless while the teams traded two goals each in the second period.

The Mariners led 1-0- before goals by Andrew Burden and Chase Ellis put the Crushers ahead 2-1. The Mariners drew even late in the period.

Crushers’ goaltender Matthew Normore was named the game’s first star for stopping 38 of 40 shots by the Mariners. The Crushers had 27shots, including two in overtime.

The MHL’s trade deadline passed with relatively few major transactions, but a four-player trade by the Crushers with the Summerside Western Capitals on Wednesday was one of them.

The Capitals acquired right winger Dylan Riley and left winger Jacob Hickey in exchange for centre Calum MacPherson and left wing Sam Meisenheimer.

Riley led the Crushers’ with 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points before the trade, while Hickey and Meisenheimer each have 27 points.

MacPherson had a goal and 14 assists before the trade.

Meanwhile, the Edmundston Blizzard secured the services of Pictou County native Matt Sartoris for their defence in a late trade with the Amherst Ramblers on Thursday.

The Capitals lead the North Division and have won their last five games, while the Blizzard trail the second-place Campbellton Tigers by four points.


Crushers’ goalie Matthew Normore watches as the puck passes him toward two of his teammates against the Yarmouth Mariners on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Goodwin photo)