The peewee A Crushers pose with their banner and medals after winning the Fundy/Highland league championship over the weekend. Front row from left: Aiden Robinson, Logan Decoste, Evan Reynolds, Luke Young, Ben MacGillvary, Bailey MacKay, Owen Baird and Wesley Kelly. Second row: assistant coach Rick Decoste, assistant coach Mark Cameron, Ian MacDonald, Brody Bowering, Evan Shea, Thomas Devine and head coach Albert Clements. Back row: assistant coach Troy Pye, Bailey Pye, Munro MacKay, Blake Fraser, Marcus MacIvor and Duncan "The Wasp" Cameron.
NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County peewee A Crushers captured the Fundy/Highland league championship banner on Sunday in dramatic fashion in front of a hometown crowd at the Wellness Centre.
The league tournament lived up to its billing with hotly contested battles among the five teams that make up the league; the Brookfield Elks, Antigonish Bulldogs, Truro Bearcats and Cumberland Ramblers. Pictou County won four of their five games to win the title.
Play began on Friday with the hosts getting three third period goals to take the game 4-1 over the Brookfield Elks in their first game of the day.
With only a short turnaround the Crushers faced a tough Cumberland squad who turned up the heat and outplayed Pictou County to win 5-1.
Saturday's action began against the Antigonish Bulldogs who struggled all season but steadily improved and gave the Crushers all they could handle with the locals coming out on top with a 2-1 victory.
The late game on Saturday pitted the Crushers against the vaunted Truro Bearcats. This much anticipated game lived up to its billing and with no love lost between them the game was intense with the Crushers coming out on top with a last minute go-ahead goal to take it 3-2.
With the loss in round-robin play the Crushers needed help to ensure a spot in the final. A tie game later between the Ramblers and Bearcats ensured just that and another shot at Cumberland for all the marbles came at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
With the words "win every shift" hanging off the glass behind the bench the home team took to the ice against the Ramblers and put on a forechecking clinic that hemmed the highly potent offence of the Cumberland squad in their own end most of the game, wearing down the Ramblers who were playing their second game of the day. The end result was a 4-2 victory for the Crushers and the league championship.
The Crushers and Ramblers both advance to play the top two teams in the Cape Breton league to determine two representatives from the Northern Conference for provincials being hosted by the South Shore at the end of March.