PICTOU COUNTY – “Yarmouth has become a big rivalry for us this year because we’re both physical teams and we have a hate on towards each other because our chemistries really don’t mix.”
Now 1-3 against the Yarmouth Mariners, the top team in the Eastlink Division, Jordan McInnis said the Weeks Crushers are itching to get back on the ice against Yarmouth and even the score after most recently losing 5-3 to them on the road.
“Every time we go down to Yarmouth there is a major battle,” he said. “We aren’t expecting to win 8-2 here like we did last time they visited us because they will be more prepared, but we expect to pick up another win. We know we need to get at them early so we’re going to be ready for those early shifts and hope to get our hitting going early.”
With only seven regular season games remaining (three against Amherst, one against Metro, two against Yarmouth and one against Bridgewater) McInnis said the team is preparing for every game as if it’s the playoffs. He said tonight it’s important to show other teams that they can play with anyone, but more importantly to get two points.
“We only have seven left so every game is important and we want to get out of fourth and out of the mini-series (Eastlink Division fourth vs. fifth),” he said. “In order to do that we need to win a good chunk of our remaining games to move up. The league is really tight this year and all the contenders are beating each other. It just depends on who shows up for that game.
“Right now it’s very important to show we can run and gun with the higher-placed teams and that we aren’t afraid to bring it and be physical.”
Coming off a 6-4 win Tuesday over the Metro Shipbuilders on the road, the Crushers are hoping for that second win tonight. Although the team had a slow first period on Tuesday night, allowing three goals, McInnis said concerns about that happening Thursday night are non-existent.
“They are both completely different situations, playing the top team in the division compared to the worst team in the league,” he said. “Getting started in their building can be tough because the don’t have a loud crowd to get you going, but it’s completely different for us walking onto the ice at home against Yarmouth because it’s our building and our crowd will be behind us. We have been successful here and are going to continue to build on that as we make our final push into the playoffs.”
On Wednesday, McInnis said the team would be focusing on Yarmouth’s power play and minor details that will give them an advantage. In the end he said the team has to play hard all game if they want to win.
“When we beat them at home last time we didn’t let up and pushed hard every shift,” he said. “That’s what it takes to win against the top teams and we plan on bringing that effort again Thursday night.”
Weeks Crushers (USE LOGO)
Goals for: 172
Goals against: 164
Vs. Yarmouth Mariners (USE LOGO)
Goals for: 183
Goals against: 108
Record against Mariners: 1-3
Game time: 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre
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