Led by coaches Gerald Green, Ron Turnbull, Charles Maxner, Steve Denny, and Troy MacDonald, The Pictou County Crushers Atom AA, boys won silver at the provincials, hosted by Acadia Axemen, in Kentville on the weekend.
The team’s successs is proof that setting goals and working toward them on a weekly basis will get results. The team chose a goal “qualifying for provincials” early in the season, and were well aware that it had been years since a Pictou County rep team had qualified. Not only did the team reach their team goal, they went home with the silver. At the awards ceremony, three members of The Pictou County Crusher Atom AA team were chosen as all-star players in their perspective positions, selected on a provincial level.
They opened the tournament with a game against Halifax which they lost 2-1. Ryan Green scored for Pictou County assisted by Thomas Devine and Lucas Fraser. Fraser was also named player of the game.
In Game 2, the Crushers defeated TASA 3-2. Goals were scored by Ethan MacDonald, Cal Maxner and Devine with assists from Ben MacGillivray, MacLean Tobin, Braydon Killen, Evan Shea and Green. Shea was named player of the game.
In Game 3, the Crushers defeated Acadia 2-1. Scoring for the Pictou County team was Kaleb Clarke and Green. Assists were scored by Braydon Killen, Lucas Fraser, Devine and Kaleb Clarke. Vaughn MacEachern was named player of the game.
In game four Truro defeated Pictou County 3-0. Tyler Matchem was named player of the game.
The Crushers then advanced to final due to a tie-breaker system. There were two teams with 2-2 records but in the head-to-head game Pictou defeated TASA.
In Game 5 Halifax defeated the Crushers 8-1. Scoring for Pictou County was Ethan MacDonald who was also named player of the game.
Goalie - Vaughn MacEachern
Defense - Lucas Fraser
Top playmaker - Ryan Green