Mullally scores overtime winner against Woodstock
NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Crushers started off their regular season at home allowing a late goal in regulation, eventually going on to lose, but last night they bounced back from the late goal by Woodstock to win 4-3.
After the Slammers killed off a Crushers power play in overtime, Pictou County’s Garrett Holmes broke in putting the puck on Tyler Snow, who gave up a rebound. John Mullally bounced on it to give the Crushers their fifth straight victory.
“I don’t really remember it,” said Mullally. “It was just the heat of the moment. Good things happen when you go to the net and Holmer happened to bang it off his pad and I was there to bang it in.”
Mullally said they had a good structure for overtime and felt like they bounced back well after allowing the goal on Woodstock’s power play.
“The play is the forwards have the ‘D’ and defence have their forwards and you stick to that whether it’s offensive zone, neutral zone or defensive zone,” he said. “That seemed to work.”
Daniel MacLeod opened the scoring for the Crushers 2:35 into the first period, with Mitchell Deruelle pushing the lead to two before the end of the period.
In the second Woodstock came back to tie the game with a pair of goals by Zach Whitlock, before Deruelle’s second of the game with 7:35 remaining in the period to take a 3-2 lead into the third.
“I don’t know,” said Mullally when asked what happened to their play throughout the game. “The first half of the first period was going well and I don’t know what happened but we started to deteriorate and in the third we didn’t have the period we wanted to. We had a second chance in overtime and happened to win.”
EJ Faust scored the game-tying goal with 1:07 remaining in regulation.
Brandon Thibeau made 34 saves to get his fifth win of the season, while Snow made 36 saves in the loss.
Winning five straight was a big deal according to Mullally, especially against a team like Woodstock.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “At the beginning of last year we started well and then we started losing, so hopefully we can keep winning and there’s a big game in Truro on Saturday night that we have to come in and get the two points.”
Puck drop is 7 p.m. in Truro on Saturday. The coaching staff has said in conversations prior to Thursday that their players are over the incident that happened during their preseason game at the Wellness Centre in September against the Bearcats. The only focus is on playing their game.
Mullally said they’re a good team and it will be tough to continue their win streak.
“They’ve got two good goalies with Fancy and Kennedy and their D-core is very strong,” he said. “We’ve got to play the simple game and can’t get too fancy. Their forwards will burn us if we turn the puck over too much. We just need to play simple hockey.”
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