The Pictou County Peewee A Crushers have completed a winning season and have earned another big game in their 2018-19 season.
The Crushers edged the Glace Bay Miners 3-2 on Saturday for their 41st win in as many games.
The win will send the Crushers to Hockey Nova Scotia’s annual Day of Champions tournament next month in Truro. The one-day event is on April 13 and the Crushers are already penned to play at 10:30 a.m. at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre against an opponent to be determined.
The Crushers outlasted Glace Bay by taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Leland Tobin and taking a 3-0 lead in the second period on Chris Jorden’s two goals.
Glace Bay pressed hard in the third period and followed an early power-play goal with an even-sided effort moments later. But the Crushers showed much of the character and poise that head coach Lloyd Smith has admired about the team this season.
“The guys have worked hard all year,” Smith said. “It speaks volumes about their character. They’ve stepped up and accepted every challenge and played together as a team.”
Crushers’ captain Harley Clarke said it’s been fun being a part of the team’s success, leading to its 41 wins.
“It feels great,” he said. “It was hard work and lots of practice. We gave it all every game.”
The Crushers previously stretched their perfect season the previous weekend by going undefeated in the Fundy Highland Regional League Championship Tournament in Debert.
The Crushers defeated Tatamagouche 9-3, West Colchester 8-2, Truro 12-2, Antigonish 6-1 and Amherst 4-3 during the round robin and shut out Tatamagouche 12-0 to win the championship.
In their 41 wins, the Crushers outscored their opposition by 293 goals for and 55 goals against.
They also secured gold medals during the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament in Truro and the MacDonald Gallagher Memorial Tournament in Cape Breton before winning the Fundy Highland Tournament.
Crushers’ Cole Bryden tries to control the puck beside the Glace Bay net with teammate Harley Clarke poised for a rebound or pass. (Goodwin photo)