Crushers edge Mariners in low scoring affair

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Weeks Crushers forward JP Harvey looks for the shot from the point as he fights for real estate in front of the Yarmouth Mariners goal last night at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers won the MHL tilt 2-1. 

NEW GLASGOW – For the first time this season the home team won between the Weeks Crushers and Yarmouth Mariners.

Yesterday Pictou County held on for a 2-1 victory, with Regan Spears’ second period goal standing up as the game-winning goal.

John Mullally opened the scoring for the Crushers in the first period, beating Chase Gaudet five-hole from the faceoff dot on the power play.

Pictou County killed off a penalty of their own to take a 1-0 lead into the second.

Just 4:41 into the second frame Regan Spears beat Gaudet after skating around the Mariners goal and putting it high short-side.

"I was coming around and I knew I had my man beat and I think it was (Brandon) Parsons that drew a man down, which gave me more room in the slot, so I walked out a little more and gave it a shot," said Spears. "The last few games I was playing good and I just couldn't score, so to finally see one go in, I was really happy.."

Up 2-0, the Crushers allowed the Mariners to get within one goal just over two minutes later.

On the next shift Mullally took an interference penalty, but Pictou County killed it off, to keep their one-goal lead heading into the third.

Neither team scored in the third as Devan Tremblay picked up his seventh win of the season, while Gaudet was handed his ninth loss of the year.

"It felt great," said Spears. "It was a good, hard-working game for the boys and got a win at the end.

"We just had to keep working hard (in the third), chippin', battlin' and making plays along the wall."

With the win the Crushers regained top spot in the Eastlink Division, one point ahead of the Truro Bearcats.

"We know every game is going to be a big game for us the rest of the season, so we're just hoping to keep winning every single one," he said.

The Crushers are off this weekend, but play Monday afternoon on Islander Day (statutory holiday in P.E.I.) against Summerside.

"We practice the next few days and have the chance to help out around the community, which is always good," said Spears. "We're going to treat it like any other game and go out there and play hard."

 

 

Scoring

Pictou County Weeks Crushers 2

1st John Mullally from Garrett Holmes and Evan MacEachern 7:50 PP

2nd Regan Spears from Nick Parker and Brandon Parsons 4:41

 

Yarmouth Mariners 1

2nd Braden Mercier from Josh Desmond 6:45

 

Shots

Crushers 33

Mariners  33

 

Power play

Crushers 1-2                                 

Mariners 0-3

 

W: Devan Tremblay 32 saves

L: Chase Gaudet 31 saves

Organizations: Mariners

Geographic location: Pictou County, NEW GLASGOW, Summerside

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