The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will open their regular season in the Maritime Hockey League by hosting the Fredericton Red Wings at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
They will host the Amherst Ramblers on September 19 and the Truro Bearcats on September 26 to complete a schedule of three successive home games.
The Crushers hosted the Bearcats in their last pre-season game last Thursday at the Wellness Centre, where the Bearcats outlasted the Crushers by a 5-4 margin.
Truro led 4-0 and outshot the Crushers 13-5 in the first period before the Crushers mounted a comeback.
They outscored Truro 2-1 in the second period on goals by Alexis Quane-Arsenault and Jaden Mason.
Maxime Grandmaison and Evan Gallant scored in the third period to make it close.
Matthew Normore played the first 40 minutes in the Crushers’ goal, while Andrew MacLeod was in goal in the third period.
The Bearcats outshot the Crushers 28-22 in total.
“Truro dictated the play early and capitalized on their chances,” Crushers’ assistant coach and general manager Chad McDavid said. “As the game progressed we seemed to get a little more comfortable and were able to fight back to within one. We lost the game in the first period.”
McDavid offered his opinion of the recent trade the Crushers completed with the Valley Wildcats. The Crushers’ principal acquisitions were Ethan Beaulieu and defenceman Keenan Gillis, who was in the Crushers’ lineup and recorded an assist against Truro.
“We were able to acquire a 20-year-old D-man who has won both at the midget and junior level for a pair of prospects who have not yet made their mark in junior hockey,” he said. “We are committed to competing for a championship this year and we think Gillis will be a big part of that.”
Crushers goaltender Matthew Normore smothers the puck during the second period against the Bearcats. (Goodwin photo)