Major Bantams drop Newbridge Academy in lone weekend matchup
EAST HANTS – The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers are starting to see the fruits of their labour.
Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers
They have won a game in each of the last three weekends, most recently a 6-1 victory over the Newbridge Academy Senators in East Hants on Saturday.
“From the beginning the guys have always worked hard,” said assistant coach Kyle MacLennan. “You can look at every practice we’ve ever had and you can never take that away from them that they work hard. Sometimes it takes a little longer to understand the concepts of what we’re trying to teach, but you can never take away how hard those guys are working.
“Since that Western Hurricanes game (Oct. 20) our team has come with more of a consistent effort and they’re carrying that work ethic over into games, which you can see with wins in three of our last five games.”
Cole Fielding led the Scotsburn Crushers with two goals and three points on Saturday, while Tyler Howe picked up the win in goal.
Briden Hawes had a goal and three points, while Grant Fraser (goal and assist), Oliver Schnare and Tim Shea also scored for the Crushers. Nolan Emery had the only other point, an assist, for Scotsburn.
After their loss to the Hurricanes on Oct. 20 MacLennan said the team was struggling to take what they worked on in practice forward into games. He said their wins in recent weeks can partially be attributed to doing a better job of executing more of what they’ve learned in practices into games.
“We’re still not where we want to be, but I don’t think any team is where they want to be at the first of November and we have a long way to go, but it’s good to see that things are finally starting to translate over into games and we’re getting results and points in the standings,” he said. “It’s good for the kids to show them finally that we’re working hard, but now we have something to show for it.”
MacLennan said “morale” has been higher in recent weeks as the players have started to gain more confidence and are having more fun.
“At the end of the day it’s about developing these players and making sure they have fun in the process,” he said. “Hockey is a game and we can’t overlook that the game should be fun.”
Next weekend the Scotsburn Crushers travel to Port Hawkesbury on Saturday to play the Nova Jr. X-Men before returning home to play the Harbour Storm on Sunday.
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