Local bantam squads tie, lose opening games
NEW GLASGOW – Dartmouth only led yesterday’s game for 7:08 against the Bantam AA Crushers, but they were able to hold on and win 4-3.
Tyler Lewis of the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers breaks towards the Dartmouth Whalers goal during Thursday action at the Bantam Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers lost 4-3 to the Whalers in their first game of the weekend.
A deflected pass by Brent Henman found it’s way off a Pictou County skate and into the back of the net after Simon Erland tied the game on a goal that looked like it might be called off.
Both goals game in the third against a Crushers team that had led the majority of the game.
Luke Pelton scored 2:10 into the first period before a Christian MacLeod goal gave Pictou County a 2-0 lead.
The Whalers got goals from Lucas Porier and Spencer Langille-Crowe before the end of the opening frame to tie the game 2-2.
Connor Lochead took the lead for the Crushers again in the second period, but that was the last goal Pictou County could muster.
Thomas Baudoux made 37 saves in the loss, while Chris Marlette made 14 in the Dartmouth win.
After the game head coach Al Whidden said the team has struggled with overcoming adversity all season and that after the third Dartmouth goal they struggled to recover. He added that the fourth goal was just a bad bounce with a number of guys in front of the net.
“I was happy with the first two periods and thought we had lots of chances,” he said. “We’ve had difficulty scoring all season, so it was good to see their scoring early on.”
In the room he said he told the team there is a wildcard in the tournament, so one loss doesn’t mean they’re out and that if they keep working hard anything can happen.
Following the Bantam AA game the Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers took on the Nova Jr. X-Men.
Campbell Burrows opened the scoring for Scotsburn just 6:28 into the first period. The X-Men tied the game 1-1 with 21 seconds remaining in the opening frame.
Neither team would score again until the third when James Walker gave Nova a 2-1 lead. Scotsburn, not to be outdone, scored just four minutes later when Tyler Green beat Colten Ellis.
Again the X-Men took a one-goal lead with 5:32 left in the game. Briden Hawes tied the game again for the Crushers just 16 seconds later. Scotsburn had multiple chances in the final few minutes of the game, but were unable to get the win, ending the game in a tie.
Tyler Howe made 23 saves for Scotsburn, while Ellis made 24 for the X-Men.
Today the Bantam AA Crushers play Yarmouth at 4:30 p.m., while the Scotsburn Crushers play Kings at 7 p.m. after the opening ceremonies at 6:15 p.m. Both games are in the Sobeys Arena at the Wellness Centre.