PICTOU COUNTY – Just three weeks ago the Pictou County Weeks Crushers picked up their first win this season against the Truro Bearcats at home, winning 3-2 in a shootout, but Thursday night their fate was not the same, losing 4-1.
Truro would open the scoring for the second straight meeting between the two teams off a Zach Evans-Renaud shot from the point at 11:37 on the power play, which Crushers goalie Brandon Thibeau had trouble seeing. Neither team scored in the remainder of the first period, with the Bearcats holding onto their 1-0 lead.
In the second period Pictou County bounced back on the power play in the second half of the frame with Jordan Moore going end-to-end before slipping the puck under Jacob Fancy. The 1-1 tie would last just over three minutes. Kyle Morrison scored his first goal of the period walking off the sideboards to the middle of the ice through a pair of Crushers to the hash marks and putting the glove side past Thibeau.
Morrison scored his second of the game and period just over two minutes later on the power play, putting the Crushers down 3-1 heading into the second intermission.
“We got up right after Moore scored, giving us some life,” said captain Nick Parker. “They came back and got that quick one in front when we didn’t get their man. It just came down to needing to out working them and we didn’t do it tonight.”
The third period saw Truro increase their lead again just six minutes into the period off the stick of Grant West. West’s goal was the last goal of the game as the Bearcats went on to win 4-1.
Parker said the difference between their last game against Truro and Thursday night was their defensive zone play.
“It started in own end with a few defensive breakdowns inside our own blue line and we weren’t chipping pucks in at their blue and turning the puck over at ours,” he said. “When you start the game doing that I mean everyone just got negative and got the bad ball rolling from there.”
Saturday night the Weeks Crushers travel to Amherst to play the Ramblers at 7 p.m. The Ramblers are eight points ahead of the Crushers in the Eastlink Division standings, sitting in third place. Parker said the team has to regroup and focus on those points on the road.
“We have it the 12 o’clock rule,” said Parker. “We forget about the game against Truro at 12 tonight. It’s in the past and we look toward the game on Saturday. Amherst is a good team and it’s important that we come ready to play.”
Pictou County Weeks Crushers 1
2nd Jordan Moore from Brandon Thibeau 13:29 PP
Truro Bearcats 4
1st Zach Evans-Renaud from Daniel Perigo and Alex Hazelhurst 11:37 PP
2nd Kyle Morrison from Zach Evans-Renaud 16:34
2nd Kyle Morrison from Patrick Downe and Mitchell Robillard 18:40 PP
3rd Grant West from Alex Hazelhurst and Mitchell Robillard 5:57
W: Jacob Fancy 29 saves
L: Brandon Thibeau 32 saves
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