Pictou County wins fifth game in seven meetings with Ramblers
NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Crushers haven’t scored a goal in the third period in their last three games, but it hasn’t mattered because they’ve won them all.
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Weeks Crushers forward Regan Spears avoids a hit from Amherst Ramblers defenceman Cam MacDonald during Thursday night MHL action at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Pictou County won the game 4-2 to keep pace with the Truro Bearcats who won Wednesday against Woodstock.
Tonight a strong first period, although the Ramblers opened the scoring, was enough as they went on to defeat Amherst 4-2.
Early on Pictou County was dominating play with lots of offensive pressure on the Ramblers, but on Amherst’s third shot Justin Thomas beat Brandon Thibeau glove side to give them the early 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later Regan Spears chipped the puck over Richard Tingley, after he made the initial save, to tie the game 1-1.
A minute later Nick Parker walked in and beat Tingley clean on a shot from the hashmarks, giving Pictou County their first lead of the game.
John Mullally rounded out the Crushers first period scoring on an odd play where the puck went straight up and dropped behind the Amherst goaltender, in the net. After one period Pictou County led 3-1 on the scoreboard, while outshooting Amherst 20-5.
It didn’t look like it would get better for Amherst as Stephen MacInnis cushioned the Pictou County lead with a goal 5:56 into the second period.
The Ramblers offensive pressure picked up and Justin Thomas found the puck on his stick, scoring on a wide-open net after Thibeau made an initial save on the play.
Neither team would score to round out the second or third periods, although Amherst forced Thibeau to make a number of point-blank saves in the third to preserve the lead and the game.
He made 22 saves in his 22nd win of the season, while Tingley made 32 in his 12th regulation loss.
With the win the Crushers are now 10 points ahead of the third place Ramblers and one point back of the Truro Bearcats for top spot in the Eastlink Division.
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Tonight the Crushers travel to Yarmouth to take on the Mariners before returning home to host the Summerside Western Capitals on Saturday night.
Truro hosts the Mariners on Saturday and the Valley Wildcats on Sunday, while the Ramblers host the Dieppe Commandos tomorrow night and Yarmouth on Sunday.
Pictou County Weeks Crushers 4
1st Regan Spears from Mitchell Deruelle 11:17
1st Nick Parker from Garrett Holmes and Cole Hutchinson 12:56
1st John Mullally from Garrett Lambke and Regan Spears 16:32
2nd Stephen MacInnis from Cole Hutchinson and Evan Carmody 5:56
Amherst Ramblers 2
1st Justin Thomas from Serge Boisvert and Alex Rawding 9:10
2nd Justin Thomas from Jamie Bishop and Bruce Hornbrook 9:14
W: Brandon Thibeau 22 saves
L: Richard Tingley 32 saves