The Pictou County Weeks Crushers will have a slightly different look for their home games this week.
The Crushers host the Truro Bearcats on Thursday and the Amherst Ramblers on Saturday in two 7 p.m. starters in MHL action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
The games will follow the series of deals that include the departure of goaltender Matthew Normore, defenceman Malcolm Genge and forward Sullivan Sparkes.
Normore, Genge and a fifth-round draft pick were packaged in a deal that yielded to the Crushers defenceman Spencer Smith from the Amherst Ramblers.
Ewan MacDonald from Antigonish was acquired from the Edmundston Blizzard to replace Normore in goal.
Smith had four goals and 12 assists in 31 games this season before joining the Crushers.
Crushers’ assistant coach and general manager Chad McDavid said he likes what Smith brings to the team.
“Spencer Smith in our opinion is one of the top 3/4 defenceman in the league this season,” he said. “He will add a whole other dimension to what we feel is an already dynamic blue line.”
Sparkes was traded to the junior team last Thursday in Trenton, Ont. for a player the Crushers dealt on Friday to Pembroke, Ont. for future considerations.
The Crushers remain in second place in the league’s South Division, one point ahead of the Ramblers and nine points behind the first-place Yarmouth Mariners after two losses at home last week.
The Campbellton Tigers handed the Crushers a 3-2 come-from-behind loss last Thursday, while the Crushers also lost 3-2 on Friday to the Mariners.
The results leave the Mariners nine points ahead of the Crushers who, at one point in December, were co-leaders with Yarmouth.
The Crushers led 2-0 on goals by Jake Martin 24 seconds into the first period and Logan Vande Meerakker midway through the second period and appeared poised to collect two points.
However, the Tigers tied the game in the last five minutes of the third period and had the only two shots in the overtime to win it.
They outshot the Crushers 30-26.
The Mariners won a crucial head-to-head battle with the Crushers on Saturday.
Each team had 28 shots, but the Mariners scored once in each period and withstood the two Crushers goals by Jack Morris and Jaden Mason.
Crushers’ forwards Dallas Farrell and Evan Gallant battle along the end boards against two Tigers opponents. (Goodwin photo)