The Pictou County Weeks Crushers are about where assistant coach and general manager Chad McDavid figure they should be.
The Crushers were briefly tied for top spot in the MHL’s South Division standings, pending the outcome of weekend games, after a 4-3 victory over the host Fredericton Red Wings on Thursday.
“It took a bit longer than I thought it would, but we’re about where we thought we should be,” he said. “We’re satisfied where we are now.”
Several players have stood out for the Crushers, and McDavid said it shows what potential the players have and how they help the team achieve success.
He noted the performances of forward Dallas Farrell and defenceman Logan Vande Meerakker for helping the team. Farrell scored the winning goal with 11 seconds remainging in the third period against Fredericton. Vende Meerakker. Jaden Mason and Evan Gallant got the other goals.
“Farrell is scoring well,” he said, referring to the 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points in just 20 games heading into Thursday’s game. Only the league’s two leading scorers have a higher points-per-game percentage than Farrell’s 1.65.
Vande Meerakker played forward with the Pictou County Scotians last season but was converted to defence this season. He has 10 goals and 17 assists for 27 points after Thursday’s game.
“Logan is third in scoring among defencemen,” McDavid said. “He’s shown he can play at this level.”
Goaltender Andrew MacLeod has one of the top goals against averages and save percentages of full-time or starting goalies in the league.
MacLeod has 15 wins, two regulation losses and one overtime loss to go with a 2.47 goals against average, a .918 save percentage and three shutouts.
Crushers players will return from the holiday break to prepare for two road games on January 3 in Yarmouth and January 4 in Amherst. The Mariners’s two weekend wins before Christmas snapped ttheir brief tie with the Crushers.
Six of the Crushers’ following seven games will be on home ice. The list includes five straight on January 9 against the Campbell Tigers, January 10 against Yarmouth, January 16 against the Truro Bearcats, January 18 against Amherst and January 23 against the Lumberjacks.
Crushers’ captain Jake Martin goes after the puck after a recent faceoff. (Goodwin photo)