PICTOU COUNTY – It took a shootout to decide Thursday night’s game between the Week’s Crushers and Truro Bearcats, with Corey Bennett’s goal being the difference in the 3-2 win.
Bennett, the first shooter in the shootout, slipped the puck through Shayne Campbell’s five-hole. He said he didn’t over think the shot and went with the plan he had before he touched the puck.
“That’s a move I’ve been doing quite a bit in practice when I get the chance, so I stuck to what I was confident with,” he said. “A lot of times it’s a quick shot like that and he has to guess on so I just shot it as quick as I could.”
When announced as the first shooter the Crushers’ faithful erupted for the New Glasgow native. Bennett said there were a few nerves before he started to skate towards the puck.
“Oh yea, there were definitely some nerves,” said Bennett. “That’s the first penalty shot I’ve taken all year so it was nice to get it out of the way and it was awesome to have that many people screaming. It’s the first one in the new rink so it’s definitely different from the JBM when it gets loud in here.”
The remaining shooters would all miss or have their shots turned aside by Brandon Thibeau or Campbell. Defeating Truro for the first time this season, Bennett said the win was a huge confidence boost and he was glad he could help the team. That said, after the Bearcats scored 30 seconds into the game he said it took until midway through the first to be fully confident in themselves again
“For a bit that takes the wind out of your sails, but you need to get a few good shifts in to get back and it took a little bit longer than we like,” he said. “In the second and third we put the pressure on them and they definitely felt it.”
After the opening goal by the Bearcats it wasn’t until with just seven seconds left in the period that the Crushers would answer back as Nick Parker picked up a rebound, sliding the puck home. In the second Truro was the first to score again, 7:31 into the period. Garrett Holmes would answer for the Crushers late in the frame, the final goal in regulation time.
This Saturday the Crushers will face Truro in the second half of the home-and-home series. Winning in their rink on Thursday, Bennett said Truro will be looking to the same on Saturday.
“We’re going to have to have the same style of game and keep it simple,” he said. “They are a very good team and you just need to work as hard as you can every shift. We’ve fallen apart the last few times we’ve played them, but now we know we can beat them and we certainly want to do it again.”
Pictou County Weeks Crushers 3
1st Nick Parker from Mitchell Deruelle and Jordan Moore 19:53
2nd Garrett Holmes from Nick Parker and Mitchell Deruelle 13:39
SO Corey Bennett
Truro Bearcats 2
1st Alex Hazelhurst from Philip Fife 0:30
2nd Mitchell Robillard from David Mosher 7:31
W: Brandon Thibeau 35 saves
L: Shayne Campbell 33 saves