The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have narrowed the gap with the Truro Bearcats.
Sam Meisenheiner scored the only goal in the shootout on Thursday as the fourth-place Crushers edged the Amherst Ramblers 3-2 in MHL action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre to move within three pints of the third-place Bearcats in the South Division.
Crushers goaltender Andrew MacLeod allowed two goals in the first period but was otherwise solid in getting the win.
Ryan MacLennan scored for the Crushers in the first period to briefly tie the game, while Evan MacLennan raced down the left wing and cut into the clear for a nifty backhand drive midway through the third period to tie the game.
The Ramblers held a 20-12 advantage in shots at one point of the second period, but the Crushers began to press the action and outshot the Ramblers 31-30 in regulation, including 13-7 in the third period.
The Crushers opened the overtime period on the attack but the Ramblers took over and outshot the Crushers 4-2 in extra time.
The win game in the first of three games for the Crushers between Thursday and Heritage Day. They will visit the Ramblers on Saturday and are scheduled to host the Yarmouth Mariners at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Wellness Centre.
The Crushers will host the Edmundston Blizzard next Thursday in a 7 p.m. starter at the Wellness Centre.
Crushers forward Sam Meisenheimer tries to make a play from behind the Amherst goal in the second period of their MHL game on Thursday at the Wellness Centre. Meisenheimer scored the only goal of a shootout to lift the Crushers to a 3-2 victory. (Goodwin photo)