Crushers win two of three contests


The Pictou County Weeks Crushers edged the host Truro Bearcats 8-7 on Saturday to push into third place in the MHL’s South Division standings.

The Crushers opened last Thursday with a 2-0 victory over the Valley Wildcats at the Pictou County Wellness Centre before falling 5-4 on Friday to the host South Shore Lumberjacks.

The Crushers needed a shootout to tame the Bearcats on Saturday.

Sullivan Sparkes notched the only goal in the shootout after he scored his first three goals of the season and added two assists for the Crushers.

Fellow newcomer Dallas Farrell added a goal and four assists in just his third game with the team after debuting on Thursday. The Crushers acquired Farrell and Logan Moon on Wednesday from the Napawin Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Kevin Mason and Sparkes gave the Crushers an early 2-0 lead but the Bearcats tied the game before the period ended.

The teams traded three goals each in the second period to create a 5-5 tie. The Crushers got goals from Sparkes, Farrell and Jack Morris.

Keenan Gillis and Sparkes gave the Crushers a brief 7-6 lead in the third period before Truro tied the game.

Calum MacPherson scored for the Crushers in the first period, while Kevin Mason added their second goal in the second period against the Wildcats.

Crushers’ goaltender Matthew Normore stopped all 20 shots he faced to record the shutout.

Aiden Hickey scored twice for the Crushers on Friday against the Lumberjacks. Gillis and Craig Ryan also scored.

The teams were tied 2-2 after the first period but the Lumberjacks snapped the tie with three straight goals and led 5-3 after the second period.

Sparkes had eight assists in his first six games before Saturday’s game. He now leads the team in points with 13.

Crushers’ Keenan Gillis guards the goal in recent MHL action. Gillis scored in the Crushers’ 8-7 shootout victory on Saturday over the Truro Bearcats. (Goodwin photo)