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Weeks Crushers captain Nick Parker chases down the puck during last Thursday’s home game against the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks. Parker said there is a great vibe in the dressing room so far this season and that the team realizes the amount of work needed to be successful on a regular basis.
Pictou County looks for fifth straight win tonight
NEW GLASGOW – Winning two of three games in three days would’ve been respectable for the Weeks Crushers – in fact they would’ve been fine with that according to captain Nick Parker.
The Crushers instead won all three in their three-night stretch to not only sweep their week, but push their win streak to four games. They have also not lost in regulation through their first six games.
“We’re just carrying our effort over game by game and know that’s what it will take to get a win every night,” said Parker. “It’s great to see everyone playing their hardest and everyone pulling in the same direction.”
Kicking off their three-in-three last week with a 10-0 victory over the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks wasn’t necessarily expected according to Parker. He said getting a win like that this early in the season doesn’t necessarily show where they stack up against a team because everyone is playing with their lineups, but was good for the team to see what they can do in a full 60-minute effort.
“We played a great game and everyone was working hard out there every shift,” he said. “If it did anything it showed when we’re all playing our best that it will lead to some good bounces and when you get those bounces good things will happen.”
Over the weekend the Crushers won each of their games in Campbellton and Miramichi by a goal. Parker admitted that the bounces they get when they’re putting the effort in will hopefully result in them winning more one-goal games than last year.
“Road trips are tough, especially three in three days,” said Parker. “You aren’t expecting to win every game by five or six goals, which is why you need to put the effort in throughout the entire game. The difference in some of those tight games is having 20 guys pulling in one direction, with the same focus.
“Mullally’s breakaway goal late in the game on Saturday was a good example of that.”
The Crushers are also carrying an extra 20-year-old on their roster this season. They’re allowed to dress nine, but have 10. One is goaltender Brandon Thibeau.
Last season the veterans were basically locked into their spots every night, with the younger players fighting for ice time. Parker said having an extra 20-year-old means they can’t take a day off because there’s always someone looking to show they deserve to play.
“Jay (Malone) is watching all week to see who’s going to play, especially with 10 of us as 20-year-olds,” he said. “Now that we have one out of the lineup every game, it keeps all of the older guys accountable because you never know who’s going to be in the stands. It forces you to want to work harder both on and off the ice each week.”
Tonight they will aim to continue their win streak at home against the Woodstock Slammers. This week will be a major test for the team with their game tonight and Saturday’s game against their division rival Truro Bearcats.
“We’re not counting them (Woodstock) out because they always have a good team,” he said. “We’ve just been watching some video on them and are trying to figure out how we stack up on the power play and penalty kill against them. Other than that we’re just doing the same things as start of season and working hard in practice.”
“Like I said, a big test will be against Truro on Saturday. They’re one of the stronger teams in the league, so that game will help us know more about where we stand.”
Goals for: 32
Goals against: 16
Vs. Woodstock Slammers
Goals for: 18
Goals against: 18
2012-13 record against the Slammers: 1-3
Game time: 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre
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