NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Crushers trounced the Valley Jr. A Wildcats 4-2 in their sixth meeting during the regular season on Thursday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Daniel MacLeod tries to steal possession for the Weeks Crushers from Valley Wildcat Josh Worthen. AMANDA JESS - THE NEWS
Although the Wildcats came out strong in the second, the Crushers weren’t ready to let go and came back hard in the third.
Crushers assistant coach Chad McDavid said the team was trying to focus and be on top of things for the full 60 minutes, but weren’t quite there.
“I thought we had a good 40 minutes in this game. The second period wasn’t where we wanted it to be.”
Evan Carmody started off the scoring for the Weeks Crushers 5:32 into the first period, assisted by Stephen MacInnis and Nick Parker.
MacInnis advanced their lead, just 34 seconds later with help from Parker and Carmody.
The score remained unchanged for the rest of the period, with shots 15-10 for the Crushers.
Mitchell Jones cut the Crushers lead in half at 11:04 in the second period with assists from Mike Molloy and Brady Atwater.
Colby Tower tied the game 18:34 into the period, assisted by Molloy and Brad Ryckman.
The Wildcats were leading in shots by the end of the second 22-21.
The Wildcats pounce in the second period wasn’t enough to gain a lead.
The Crushers took every opportunity they got to shoot in the third, racking up 20 attempts against the Wildcat’s 10.
At 8:53, Mitchell Shewfelt broke the tie for the Weeks Crushers on the power play. Garrett Holmes and John Mullally set up the shot.
Brandon Parsons racked up another goal for the Crushers at 12:59, assisted by Holmes.
“That’s what you expect from a veteran team,” McDavid said about the turnaround.
McDavid said they didn’t have much of a game plan for the final period and left it up to the team.
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This win ties the Crushers in their record against the Wildcats. The Crushers lost in their past two games against the Valley Jr. A Wildcats.
Final shots were 42-31 for the Crushers.
The Weeks Crushers are on the road Friday, playing at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre against the CIBC Wood Gundy Lumberjacks.
The Crushers are simply looking to stay focused and healthy.
McDavid acknowledged that Bridgewater is a hardworking team.
“They come at us with everything.”
They last met up with the Lumberjacks on Jan. 4 and won at home 5-3.
Their next home game is on Saturday versus the Campbellton Tigers at 7 p.m.
“We’ll likely have heavy legs playing three games in three nights,” McDavid said.
Although the Tigers are in the bottom of their league, McDavid said they compete hard and the Crushers will have to stay on top of things.
With only three games left in the regular season, the team is looking to fine tune the little things and “be ready to compete every night.”
The Weeks Crushers are at second place in the standings after Thursday’s game with 69 points.
The Mar. 1 game is fan appreciation night, with admission costing $5.
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