Crushers fire Danton, post 5-4 win


The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have turned a page that the MHL club hopes can reverse its slide in the league’s South Division standings.

The Crushers edged the visiting Grand Fall Rapids 5-4 on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre after announcing the dismissal of head coach Mike Danton.

Crushers’ general manager and assistant coach Chad McDavid is the interim head coach until a replacement is named.

A dismal start to the calendar year this season and a slide from s share of first place with the Yarmouth Mariners in December to their current fifth place status prompted the change.

The Crushers entered Thursday’s game with two wins, nine regulation losses and an overtime loss, including five losses in six home-ice games.

“Three points is all that separates second place to fifth place in our division,” McDavid said in a statement.

“Every game counts moving forward,” he said. “We’ve put ourselves in this situation and it’s up to us to get ourselves out of it.”

Craig Ryan’s second goal of the game with a minute, 25 seconds left in the game lifted the Crushers to the win. They squandered a 4-1 lead they took into the third period.

Goals by Evan Gallant, Dallas Farrell and Logan Vande Meerakker staked the Crushers to an early 3-0 lead, while Ryan’s first goal of the game midway through the second period restored their three-goal lead.

The win moved the Crushers to within one point of the Truro Bearcats.

The Crushers will visit the Mariners on Saturday and host the Valley Wildcats at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Wellness Centre.

Crushers’ Jaden Mason struggles for the puck during a faceoff. (File photo)