NEW GLASGOW – They’re down, but certainly not out.
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Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers goaltender Tyler Howe turns aside a Breton Sport Cougars shot during Sunday’s NSMBHL playoff game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Scotsburn fell 7-1 to the Cougars in Game 1 of their best-of-three series.
The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers fell 7-1 on Sunday in Game 1 of their best-of-three series with the Breton Sport Cougars.
Logan O’Neil led the Cougars with two goals, while Jake Martin had the lone Scotsburn goal.
“The message from the get-go has been the past is the past, which we were referring to the regular season, but I think you have to look at this game the same way,” said assistant coach Kyle MacLennan. “Like we had to forget about the regular season, we have to forget about today, the negative things, and move on.”
Derek Gentile opened the scoring for the Cougars in the first, the lone goal of the period. In the second they scored five more goals from O’Neil (2), TJ Forrest, Dylan Pimentel and Colton Marchand to go ahead 6-0 after two.
Cody Smith added one more in the third before Martin scored for the Crushers to end the game 7-1.
Tyler Howe made 20 saves in the Crushers loss, while Cody Smith made 11 in the Cougars win.
“There’s a few things that we didn’t do correctly in terms of defensive coverage and obviously with only 12 shots we need to generate a little more offence, but I think just those little things – if we can tighten up a little in the defensive zone and generate more pucks towards the net – I think we’re going to be successful in giving them a tough go,” said MacLennan.
The series moves to North Sydney next weekend for Game 2 on Saturday night at the Emera Centre. If necessary, Game 3 will be Sunday morning, also in North Sydney.
“Having a week off until the next game obviously systems need to be touched upon,” he said. “We tried something a little different for this team. We believe that it will work. It’s just tough to adjust and change things. I know another week of working on systems will benefit us, rather than last season where we played the first two games back-to-back. We just need to preach intensity, intensity, intensity because portions of the games today the effort wasn’t where it needed to be so obviously that has to start at practice and carry over to the weekend.”