STELLARTON – The Pictou County Peewee AAA Crushers are prepared to be strong hosts of the Atlantic Peewee AAA hockey championship.
The Crushers will host the event beginning on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Head coach Jeff Green said the Crushers faltered a bit by losing all four games they played at the provincial championship between March 15 and 17 in Halifax. However, he explained the championship culminated a busy time when the Crushers played 15 games in 15 days.
That stretch included their performance at the Mainland Peewee Hockey League championship tournament the previous weekend in Yarmouth.
“It ended up being way too much,” Green said. “The bottom line is we played well for a good stretch, so I’m looking forward to see how they respond. I think they’re excited to play and to play at home.”
The Crushers’ first game will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday against the Kings County Kings from P.E.I.
They will play twice on Friday, with the first game at 3 p.m. against the St. John’s, N.L. Hitmen and the second game at 7 p.m. against the Bedford Blues.
The Crushers’ last round-robin game will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday against the Fredericton, N.B. Capitals.
Dominac MacKenzie scored the lone goal as the Crushers opened the provincial championship with a 6-1 loss to the Central Minor Champion TASA Ducks. Levon Walst drew an assist on the goal.
The Bedford Blues shut out the Crushers 3-0 in their next game.
The Crushers fell to 0-3 with a narrow 3-2 loss to the Mainland League rival the West Hants Warriors, ending their championship hopes.
Clint MacLaughlin and Keegan Dalton scored for the Crushers, with assists from Cade Moser and Owen Conrad.
Landon Steele and Kaden Smith scored as the Crushers ended their schedule with a 4-2 loss to the Glace Bay Miners.
Moser and Ben Marchand collected assists.