NEW GLASGOW – This season the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers have taken the lessons they’ve learned and implemented them in future games.
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Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers forward Nolan Emery celebrates after scoring a shorthanded goal during the second period of yesterday’s game against the Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats. The Crushers won 3-0 to sweep their doubleheader with the Wildcats.
Saturday they led 2-0 going into the third period before allowing the Kings Mutual Valley Wildcats to tie it 2-2. They eventually won 3-2, but learned from their late struggles what they had to do Sunday to have a better finish.
“They were coming back at us, so we learned we just need to work harder each and every period,” said Evan Callaghan. “Today we did a better job of finishing our hits and wearing them down (in the third) and that seemed to work.”
Sunday afternoon they won the second game of the doubleheader 3-0 over the Wildcats, their first weekend sweep of the season.
“They’re huge (four points),” said Callaghan. “I know we were in eighth going into the weekend and were a few points behind Halifax, but I think we’re ahead of them now, so that’s great.”
After a scoreless first period on Sunday, Briden Hawes opened the scoring 2:24 into the second period on the power play. Oliver Schnare and Campbell Burrows drew assists on the play.
Just 1:25 later Callaghan scored the Crushers second of the game on a shot from the point. His power play goal was not only his first goal with the major bantam program.
“It was awesome and felt really cool,” said Callaghan. “I didn’t think I scored and thought it was tipped. I was celebrating with the team and they all looked at me. I didn’t know who scored it, but it was me. It was a rebound back and I was just trying to put it on net for a chance up front.”
After the game his teammates gave him the puck after tapping it up and marking it as his first goal with the team.
Nolan Emery scored the final goal of the game, shorthanded with 3:52 remaining in the second. Burrows had the lone assist on the goal.
Neither team scored in the third as Tyler Howe made 25 saves to get his sixth win of the season, while Oliver Troop made 30 saves in the loss.
On Saturday night Hawes opened the scoring 2:39 into the first period, his seventh goal of the season. Hawes was the next to score, this time 2:27 into the second period.
In the third James Hunter and Josh Foster scored for Kings Mutual at the 9:28 and 12:13 marks to tie the game 2-2.
With just 1:17 remaining in the game Emery scored his fifth of the season to keep from tying the Wildcats, who they tied three times last season.
Howe made 11 saves in the win, while Paul Janes made 33 saves in the Wildcats loss.
Next weekend the Scotsburn Crushers are on the road for a doubleheader against the Western Hurricanes. Callaghan said they will be tough games, but if they keep working hard they should be able to do well.
“We just need to do the same things as this weekend,” he said. “We need to finish our hits and get lots of shots on goal.”
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