Division final opening at home a welcome change

Christopher Cameron
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Game 1 between Pictou County and Truro tonight in New Glasgow

NEW GLASGOW – Mother Nature reared her ugly head on Tuesday and the Weeks Crushers may have benefitted from her causing Game 1 of the Eastlink Division final with Truro to be postponed.

Weeks Crusher Nick Parker during Thursday night’s game at the Wellness Centre against the Amherst Ramblers. The captain is hoping to make the most of his last playoff season as a junior.

Originally the series opener was slated for Tuesday night in Truro, but with poor weather conditions meaning the Crushers couldn’t make the trek over Mount Thom it will now be played Wednesday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

With both teams hoping the sky would clear on Tuesday and the game wouldn’t be cancelled, the Crushers went to the Wellness Centre in preparation. When it was cancelled they simply used the extra day to practice.

“We were all ready to go today and we all wanted to play today, but the extra day certainly helps after going seven against Amherst,” said Weeks captain Nick Parker. “We’ll take all the rest we can get and give them another day to go without playing a game and then hopefully be able to use that to our advantage to get a jump on them early tomorrow night.”

After finishing first in the division in the regular season, four points ahead of the Crushers, the Bearcats earned the right to home ice. This rare situation of being the lower-seeded team and starting on home ice is definitely welcomed by Pictou County, but Parker said it won’t make a major difference overall.

“There isn’t too much of a home-ice advantage when we play Truro,” he said. “Both rinks are pretty similar and we both get our own fans at both rinks, so I mean pretty much every game is a home game for both teams. I don’t really think there’s too much of an advantage.”

He added that it’s the significant fan support at home or away that gives an added boost each game.

“It’s awesome to have the support we’ve been having and it really helps us going out on the ice knowing that we’re playing in front of people that support us so much,” said Parker. “It means a lot to us and it’s so easy to get up for the game when we know so many people are there cheering us on.”

Parker said the keys going into the game are similar to what they were with Amherst. He believes keeping it simple, playing the body and doing all the “little things” right will allow them to be successful.

 

Series schedule:

Game 1 at New Glasgow: April 2 at 7 p.m. 

Game 2 at Truro: April 3 at 7 p.m. 

Game 3 at Truro: April 5 at 7 p.m. 

Game 4 at New Glasgow: April 6 at 7 p.m. 

*Game 5 at Truro: April 8 at 7 p.m. 

*Game 6 at New Glasgow: April 10 at 7 p.m. 

*Game 7 at Truro: April 14 at 7 p.m. 

*If necessary

Organizations: Pictou County Wellness Centre

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County, Mount Thom

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