Scotsburn Crushers lose playoff position battle to Bearcats

Christopher Cameron
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Bearcats break tie in NSMBHL standings

Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers’ Ryan Chabassol gets held off the puck by Brandon MacDonald of the Truro Bearcats during Friday Bantam Memorial Tournament action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Bearcats defeated the Crushers 3-1.

PICTOU COUNTY – Friday’s game between the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers and Truro Bearcats had two important points on the line, helping to determine their positioning in the NSMBHL standings heading into playoffs.

The Crushers started strong like they did in their first game in the Bantam Memorial Tournament, but eventually fell 3-1, allowing the Bearcats to move ahead in the standings by two points.

Pictou County opened the scoring with the first goal of the game coming 51 seconds into the second period, Jeff Skinner’s second goal in two games. The Truro Bearcats bounced back 6:03 later with Jared Weatherbee scoring for Truro.

The second period ended tied 1-1.

“We started off good like we did yesterday, but once we scored a goal we started to let off the gas and that’s when they came back and go one,” said Evan MacLennan. “We tried to pick it up again and I thought we did some in the third, but it wasn’t enough.”

In the third both teams had opportunities early, but on the power play late the Crushers caught themselves out of position and the Bearcats captain Noah Archibald took advantage of it, getting a breakaway and putting the puck past Tyler Howe for a shorthanded goal.

Trailing 2-1, the Crushers pulled Howe, but Archibald would score an empty net goal to seal a 3-1 victory for the Bearcats.

“Tomorrow we definitely have to go out and win, there’s no question about it,” said MacLennan. “That was a tough game to lose, but there’s nothing we can do now.”

The Crushers have at least one game remaining in the tournament, Saturday against Kings Mutual at 5 p.m. They also have two games against Breton Sport Cougars (rescheduled games) to be played to round out their NSMBHL regular season. MacLennan said the team has to improve before they head into playoffs.

“We’ve just got to practice and work as hard was we can on the power play, five-on-five, four-on-four and every aspect of our game,” he said. “We just need to treat every game from now on like a playoff game.”

Geographic location: Pictou County

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  • bobby fore
    February 17, 2013 - 10:15

    these aren't minor hockey coaches. they were selected through interviews. they are not volunteers.they too are hoping to make it higher up in the leagues. saw the last game looked good at first then they imploded 4 weak goals when they should have won.should have change goalies earlier. they came back to life after goalie change.again coaching looked like they gave up on the kids before the kids did. no help at all coming from bench at key times. lucky they were able to salvage the tie. way to pick it up in the last of the 3rd boys.

  • Someone Who knows Hockey
    February 16, 2013 - 11:45

    The person who wrote the above comment, "Crushers Fan" is a disrespectful moron. I can tell by your comments you have no clue as to what you are talking about - the game of hockey or what it takes to coach it. Probably a delusional hockey parent who sees the world through "little johnny coloured glasses".

  • Kim MacDonald
    February 16, 2013 - 11:04

    Typical negative comment from someone spineless enough to use an anonymous name.

  • hockey nut
    February 16, 2013 - 10:19

    i totally agree with crusjher fan , this is just not major bantam this is all over minor hockey, to many daddy coaches, or coaches think they are good coaches cause they wear the jacket, we had and have so much talent and not enough coaching talent in pictou county,

  • bobby fore
    February 16, 2013 - 10:01

    well said fan. you see flashes of talent and what could be. maybe the team should combine with truro as both are in the basement.talent is there from the forwards to the nets. just no coaching from the forwards to the nets. the kids were served an injustice from the forwards to the nets.

  • Hockey Fan
    February 16, 2013 - 08:52

    I have scouted for potential hockey players all over the Maritimes. It always amazed me that all the good referees and coaches are in the stands and all the poor ones are coaching and officiating. Someday all these good coaches will get behind the bench and see what its like . My sympathy goes out to all referees and coaches that get all the abuse.

  • Crushers fan
    February 15, 2013 - 20:24

    I was at the game ! The kids played hard the coaches must have rocks in their heads! Tons of tallent on the team but none of the coaches know how to use it! Scotsburn is the sponsor they should be embarrassed.I feel bad for these kids that strive to make this team and end up being under coached. If I was a coach of this team I would be embarrassed . But kids hold your heads up you are doing what you are told and you are only as good as your coaches. The crushers are last in the league that means we have the worst coaches not players!

    • Art Kennedy
      February 19, 2013 - 10:07

      It is easy to point fingers and direct undeserved criticism towards the coaches, it seems that is the first thing that people want do. This is a tough situation that the players, coaches, manager and parents are in, and we as an organization support them all. When we took over this major bantam team we knew that it would be an uphill grind, as we were one of only two areas in the province that was left on its own. There are many opinions on what should be done as far as amalgamation or staying on our own go, and valid arguments for all of them. What the right answer is, that's something that we all continue to struggle with and work on. In the end, the staff and players of this team have the full support of the Weeks Hockey Organization, as we go through this together. We also greatly appreciate the support of our sponsor and our team strives to represent them in a professional manner at all times. Regards, Art Kennedy Director, Weeks Hockey Organization