NEW GLASGOW – The Weeks Crushers were a changed team as they hit the ice for the second period on Saturday night.
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JP Harvey sends the puck flying during the first period.
After a lackluster first period, they came out fighting and claimed game five of the semi-finals, 5-2.
“We’ve got an older crew here so we took it upon ourselves to change that. So we just went out in the second and third and dumped every puck,” Weeks Crushers forward JP Harvey said.
The Amherst Ramblers started off the scoring at 6:32 into the first period, assisted by Cam McDonald and Brock Morrison, sending all the Amherst fans into excitement.
It started to look like Amherst’s fan base was giving them an advantage when Morrison doubled their lead at 16:18 into the first, with help from Ryan Caswell and McDonald.
The Ramblers didn’t have much time to get comfortable with their lead when Nick Parker started off the scoring at 3:18 with assists from Brandon Parsons and Mitchell Deurelle.
Harvey said that move started the beginning of a new game.
“As soon as it happened, everybody just got up and you could tell the mood changed on the bench and the ice. I think that was the biggest thing. Everybody just got more positive.”
Parker tied the game on the power play at 7:23 in the second, set up by Garret Holmes and Mitchell Shewfelt.
David Stephens put the Crushers in the lead at 2:25 in the third on the power play. Evan Carmody grabbed his first assist, while Deurelle got his second of the game.
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Harvey made the lead stronger with a goal at 9:25 into the third on the power play, assisted by Stephen MacInnis.
With 2:07 left in the game, Parker cinched it, and Deurelle grabbed his third assist.
“We put ourselves in a tough spot after the first. Our leaders stood up and did one hell of a job putting us back in the game and we were the better team for the second and third,” coach Jason Malone said.
The Crushers spent a lot of time defending themselves, but Brandon Thibeau was up to the challenge, saving 35.
Ramblers goalie Richard Tingley handled a lot of pressure with 50 shots at Amherst’s net.
Malone said the team needs to move out of the defensive zone to be successful in game six.
So far in the series, both teams have won all of their games on home ice. Pictou County is now in the lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.
“We have to play just like the second and third tonight. Finishing every check, dumping every puck and winning the one-on-one battles. That was the biggest thing tonight for us in the second and third. If we do that on Wednesday, we should come out on top,” Harvey said.
The puck drops in Amherst on March 26 at 7 p.m.