Jr. A Crushers continue hot streak


The Pictou County Weeks Crushers’ hot streak continues.

The Crushers will host the South Division-leading South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday and the fourth-place Amherst Ramblers on Saturday in two 7 p.m. starters at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The Crushers won all three games they played last week and have ridden a five-game winning streak past the Ramblers into third place in the South Division.

Andrew Burden scored twice and the Crushers built an early lead before hanging on to a 4-3 victory over the Mariners on Thursday in their home game.

Burden widened the Crushers’ first-period lead to 3-0 after teammate Samuel LeBlanc opened the scoring.

Dallas Farrell gave the Crushers a 4-1 lead in the second period.

The Crushers outshot Yarmouth 26-16 over the first two periods, but the Mariners scored twice and enjoyed a 10-4 edge in shots in the third period.

The win moved the South Division Crushers to within one point of the third-place Amherst Ramblers, who have played two more games. It also avenged a 6-2 loss to the visiting Mariners on Oct. 24.

A military appreciation puck drop preceded the game. It was an opportunity for Construction Engineering Flight 144 Pictou to set up a table to offer the public information on its work and encourage potential recruits.

The Crushers followed by winning their two road games 7-4 over the Ramblers on Friday and 3-2 in overtime over the Valley Wildcats on Saturday.

Farrell’s third goal of the game into an empty net sealed the Crushers’ win over the Ramblers, while Kevin Mason added two goals. Maxime Grandmaison and Keenan Gillis also scored.

Farrell’s ninth goal since joining the Crushers 22 seconds into overtime lifted them past the Wildcats.

Goals by Jaden Mason and Logan Vande Meerakker in the third period for the Crushers erased a 2-0 deficit.

Maxime Grandmaison, 5, watches puck crossing the goal line after shot by teammate Andrew Burden, 47, during the first period of their MHL game against the Yarmouth Mariners. (Goodwin photo)