Crushers host Timberwolves after winning streak halted


The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will try to return to the win column on Thursday when they host the Miramichi Timberwolves in their next MHL game.

Starting time is 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

The Crushers’ ended their recent winning streak at six games on Saturday with a 6-5 overtime loss to the Amherst Ramblers at the Wellness Centre. The Ramblers’ win avenged their 7-4 loss to the Crushers on November 16 in Amherst.

Saturday’s game was a see-saw battle as the Crushers took a 2-1 lead early in the second period and ended the period down 4-3 before taking a 5-4 lead early in the third period on goals by Jack Morris and Evan Gallant.

The Ramblers tied the game late in the period a few seconds before their power play expired and scored early in the overtime period.

Craig Ryan scored for the Crushers in the first period to tie the game, while Logan Vande Meerakker and Samuel LeBlanc scored for the Crushers in the second period.

Amherst outshot the Crushers 38-30 and had all three shots in overtime as they swarmed relentlessly in the Crushers’ zone.

The Crushers remain in third place in the South Division with 25 points and a record of 12 wins, seven regulation losses and Saturday’s overtime loss. They trail the second-place Yarmouth Mariners by four points and have played four fewer games.

The Ramblers’ win moved them within two points of the Crushers.

The teams will meet again for a rare Monday game at the Wellness Centre.

The Crushers posted their sixth straight win last Thursday in the other home game of the week by edging the South Division-leading South Shore Lumberjacks 2-1.

Second-period goals by Vande Meerakker and Andrew Burden gave the Crushers a 2-0 lead, while the Lumberjacks scored before the period ended.

The Lumberjacks outshot the Crushers 29-19.

“We are playing good hockey right now; 13 points in our last seven games has given our group confidence,” Crushers’ assistant coach and general manager Chad McDavid said. “Thursday, we were able to contain a very good hockey team. Saturday, we ran into penalty trouble against Amherst and were not able to keep the lead late.”

Crushers captain Jake Martin, right, watches as alternate captain Evan Gallant tries to score against the Ramblers. (Goodwin photo)