Crushers win fifth straight game

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The Pictou County Weeks Crushers have won their fifth straight game and have climbed into second place in the MHL’s South Division.

The Crushers won their second of three straight road games on Thursday with a 3-2 victory over the host South Shore Lumberjacks. It followed the Crushers’ 3-2 triumph on Wednesday against the host Truro Bearcats.

The two wins have lifted the Crushers into second place in their division, one point ahead of the third-place Amherst Ramblers and six points behind the division-leading Yarmouth Mariners.

It’s also the second straight win since they named Willie MacDonald their newest head coach. MacDonald was an assistant coach for the Crushers’ previous two seasons but elected to helm the Sydney Rush in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League, Crushers’ assistant coach and general manager Chad McDavid explained.

He said MacDonald joined the Crushers as head coach for the rest of this season after Sydney was eliminated from the NSMMHL playoffs.

Evan Gallant gave the Crushers a 1-0 lead in the first period, while goals by Jake Martin and Samuel LeBlanc restored the Crushers’ lead in the second period.

Shots on goal were 28-27 for the Lumberjacks.

Martin scored the Crushers’ winning goal late in the third period in Truro. Kevin Mason and Keenan Gillis got their other goals.

The Crushers’ next road game is on Saturday against the Valley Wildcats.