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In his third season with the Weeks Crushers, Jordan McInnis is one of the 20-year-old being looked to as a leader this season. He said he believes with the right work ethic their team will have a successful run this season at MHL and Fred Page Cup championships.
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NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Crushers could put together their longest win streak of the season this weekend if all goes well.
Riding a four-game streak into tonight’s game against Campbellton, they could match their season high five-game streak with a win. Between stringing wins together the Crushers lost three in a row. Assistant captain Jordan McInnis said if their work ethic continues they should be able to keep their streak going.
“Just work ethic I guess because work ethic brings confidence,” said McInnis. “If you’re feeling good with each other you’re going to feel good on the ice against the other team. Supporting each other is another big thing. You can’t get too negative on the bench. You have to have positive mindsets out of any holes.”
Puck drop is 7:30 p.m. tonight.
The team will be without forward John Mullally and defenceman Evan MacEachern who recently made the Canada East team for the World Junior A Challenge. Head coach Jason Malone said the team has the depth to play without them for four games, although they will be missed.
Tonight will also mark the Crushers’ first game in over a week, a rarity in the MHL schedule. McInnis said it slightly changed the way the team prepared this week.
“It’s different not being on the ice on Thursday because for the last three years you’re on the ice every Thursday for a game,” he said. “It’s not really weird, but you prepare differently because you have a whole other day of rest and another day to get ready for the weekend.”
This week in practice they have continued to work on their systems and defensive zone coverage, something that they can’t work on enough according to McInnis.
“Our work ethic has been very good this week and we’ve been trying to get pucks deep and battle each other to keep ourselves sharp,” said McInnis. “We haven’t played in a long time, so that’s been good (to keep us ready). Puck movement has been another big thing because like Jay said a few weeks ago we’ve mostly been hurting ourselves getting the puck from our forwards to our ‘D’ and we’ve been turning it over a lot.”
This season the Crushers have defeated Campbellton in both meetings, but have split their games with Miramichi, who they meet Saturday. McInnis said there are a few adjustments to their game playing Campbellton, but is confident they will be able to make those to continue their success against the Tigers.
“Well it’s a completely different game there in their rink because you have that big ice surface,” he said. “We need to get to work early and use our speed more than our body presence like we did here. We have to win a lot of puck battles and can’t take them lightly. That team works hard and will come every night.”
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