Jr. A Crushers host Valley Wildcats

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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will host the Valley Wildcats at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in their next home game in the MHL.

The Crushers will visit the Summerside Western Capitals on Saturday evening.

The Crushers remain in third place in the South Division despite two losses last week.

They suffered a 5-3 setback against the visiting Truro Bearcats on Thursday before a 3-2 loss on Saturday against the host South Shore Lumberjacks.

The Bearcats took the lead three times and led 2-1 after the first period and 3-2 after the second period.

Maxime Grandmaison tied the game for the Crushers early in the third period, but the Bearcats scored twice in barely a minute midway through the frame to ice the game.

Logan Van de Meerakker scored for the Crushers in the first period, while Evan Gallant tallied in the second period.

The Crushers outshot Truro 44-31, including 17-9 in the third period.

Andrew MacLeod was in the Crushers’ goal.

Grandmaison gave the Crushers a 1-0 lead in the first period, but the Lumberjacks tied the game in first period and took a 2-1 lead early in the third period before Gallant’s goal drew the Crushers even.

After the Lumberjacks went ahead, the Crushers were unable to tie the game despite their net empty with a six attacker for the last 45 seconds.

The Lumberjacks outshot the Crushers 41-28.

Matthew Normore was in the Crushers’ goal.

With the losses, the Crushers ended their brief stay in the CJHL’s top 20 rankings.


Crushers Sullivan Sparkes, 77, wins a clean faceoff during the second period of their MHL game against the Truro Bearcats. (Goodwin photo)