Crushers nip Wildcats, go 0-2 with Mariners


The Pictou County Weeks Crushers went 1-2 last week in their MHL games.

The Crushers scored three goals in the third period, including Evan Gallant’s second and third goals of the game, as they edged the Valley Wildcats 5-4 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

A military appreciation ceremony preceded the game and featured veteran Bill Johnson and two members representing Construction Engineering Flight 144 Pictou.

Goals by Jacob Hickey and Gallant staked the Crushers to a 2-1 lead through one period, but the Wildcats took a 3-2 lead into the third period.

The Crushers’ early third-period goals came barely six minutes apart, while the Wildcats made it close with 57 seconds left.

Each team took 35 shots.

The teams are tied for last place in the South Division standings.

The Crushers are idle this week and will resume home-ice action on November 22 against the Truro Bearcats.

They will visit the Wildcats on November 24 before a rare Monday game on November 26 against the Amherst Ramblers and a regular Thursday home game on November 29 against the St. Stephen Aces.

The Yarmouth Mariners defeated the Crushers lost 5-1 on November 6 at the Wellness Centre and 4-0 last Saturday in Yarmouth.

The Mariners scored two goals in each of the first and third periods on Saturday.

They led 4-0 in the second period of the earlier game before Chad Wilson scored for the Crushers.

Military veteran Bill Johnson drops the puck between Wildcats’ Tristan Bolby, left, and Crushers’ Evan MacLennan. With Johnson are Flight 144 Pictou Aviator Matthew Jamieson, left, and Captain Marc Therien. (Goodwin photo)