The MHL’s Pictou County Crushers will try to salvage one win in the last of their five straight home games when they host the South Shore Lumberjacks on Thursday starting at 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
The Crushers lost both their games on home ice last week by scores of 4-1 to the Truro Bearcats last Thursday and 4-2 to the Amherst Ramblers last Saturday. The Crushers fell into fourth place in the South Division, one point behind the Lumberjacks and the Ramblers.
The Bearcats scored twice in each of the first two periods and yielded a single goal by the Crushers’ Evan Gallant in the third period.
The Crushers outshot Truro 31-28, including 12-7 in the final frame.
Newly acquired goaltender Ewan MacDonald replaced starter Andrew MacLeod to begin the third period.
The Ramblers scored twice in the first period and twice in the second period to secure their win.
Andrew Burden scored the Crushers’ first goal in the second period.
The Crushers outshot the Ramblers 17-6 in the third period but had only Calum MacPherson’s goal to show for it.
Former Crushers’ goalie Matthew Normore registered the win for the Ramblers, who acquired him in the trade that sent defenceman Spencer Smith to the Crushers.
The Crushers will end the month by hosting the Yarmouth Mariners on January 30.
Meanwhile, the MHL announced that MacLeod has been named an honourable mention by the Canadian Junior Hockey League’s three stars for December.
The 19-year-old from new Glasgow was named the MHL’s first star for the month after he posted a perfect 6-0-0-0 in December, leading all MHL goalies with a 1.80 goals against average. His .940 save percentage for the month was second only to Truro’s Alec MacDonald. He also added a shutout that month, giving him a league-leading three for the season.
MacLeod entered 2020 tied for second with Fredericton’s Jack Grant in goals against average at 2.47 and wins with 15, despite six fewer starts. His .918 save percentage put him fourth overall in the MHL through the season’s first four months.
Crushers’ Calum MacPherson battles for the puck after a faceoff in their game against the Bearcats. (Goodwin photo)