Parsons helping Pictou County offensively in second season
NEW GLASGOW – Personally Brandon Parsons wanted to bring a consistent effort to his game this season and he feels so far he has done that.
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Fredericton’s Brandon Parsons is in his second season with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers and has become a reliable player in their lineup. Parsons has spent most of this season on the Crushers third line, but is still tied for fifth on the team in scoring going into tonight’s game.
His goal was also to top his point totals from last season (11 goals and nine assists), which he has done already having scored 10 goals and 23 points in 24 games, but more importantly be a reliable player each game throughout the season.
“I knew I was hopefully going to have a better year than last year,” he said. “I had a couple good months throughout the year, but I wanted to have a more consistent season and put up as many points as I could. I feel I’ve done that so far.”
Being a rookie last season, he said he didn’t have the confidence he does now because he didn’t know what to expect from the league or how he would fit in. Parsons said his success so far this season has come from confidence, knowing what it takes to play in the league and buying into the systems more.
Parsons admitted that as a third-line forward on most teams he likely wouldn’t be tied for fifth on the team in scoring, but it speaks to the team’s depth. Playing with John Mullally and Evan Carmody regularly also helps, but he added that regardless of who his line mates are he believes the points would still be there.
“It really doesn’t matter I don’t think,” he said. “All the forwards we have on our team right now are great and anyone can play with anyone. We have such great chemistry as a group and that’s why we we’re doing well. Anyone can play with anyone.
“Every line on our team can put up points. Our third or fourth lines aren’t scoring as much as our first or second, but the big part of our team’s success is everyone putting up points.”
Last season the team had two solid lines according to Parsons, but this year four lines can, which makes it more difficult for teams to defend against them.
Currently he’s out of the lineup after sustaining an upper-body injury during the Crushers game in Woodstock on Nov. 29. He’s expected to be out of the lineup for Pictou County’s final four games before the Christmas break.
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“It doesn’t affect my season that much,” he said. “It’s definitely a setback, but a minor one. I’m looking forward to being back in the lineup to help my team.”
Tonight the Crushers take on the Valley Wildcats at home for the first time since last season when the team was still the Metro Shipbuilders. So far this season they are 1-0 against the Wildcats, defeating them 4-1 on Nov. 16.
“We need to watch their power play because they’ve had a few guys that have been effective in putting the puck in the net,” said Parsons. “If we have good defensive zone coverage and take advantage of offensive opportunities when we can then we should have no problem.”
It’s also the first of three games in three nights for the Crushers. Parsons said the key for the team on theses weekends is being well rested and well fed.
“Nutrition goes a long way when you’re playing three-in-three,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to the team having a good weekend and hope to come out with three wins.”
Goals for: 113
Goals against: 65
Record against Valley: 1-0-0
Vs. Valley Wildcats
Goals for: 73
Goals against: 77
Game time: 7 p.m. at the Pictou County Wellness Centre
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