NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Weeks Junior ‘A’ Crushers lost 3-1 on three early goals by the Truro Bearcats last night at John Brother MacDonald Stadium, with the old hockey adage about playing a full 60 minutes ringing painfully true.
Brett Frazee opened the scoring at 9:48, while Eric Louis-Seize and Yuri Cheremetiev scored two late ones before the end of the first.
The Crushers battled back in the second period with Scott McDonald scoring the lone Crushers goal – the only one that counted at least.
Pictou County had a goal called back by officials in the second period with the score 3-0.
Dumville admits the single marker wouldn’t have made all the difference in the end for the Crushers – but being down 3-2 in the third period definitely feels a lot closer than 3-1 and he said it should have stood as a goal.
“We saw it on video. The goal was a goal. It’s disappointing.”
We can match them in intensity and systems – It’s awful to say but we need to step up and play with that same intense game for 60 minutes. I mean, it was fun to watch during the last two periods. Crushers head coach Troy Dumville
“Referee calls it a goal and the hometown linesman felt it was no goal. We watched it – they were outside the blueline making calls.”
Bottom line though, Dumville said Pictou County didn’t play a full 60 minutes.
“We’re not going to match them with skills,” Dumville said. “We can match them in intensity and systems – It’s awful to say but we need to step up and play with that same intense game for 60 minutes. I mean, it was fun to watch during the last two periods.”
Saturday’s 7-6 overtime loss and Sunday’s contest set up a critical road outing for the Crushers, who want to keep from falling into a 3-0 situation in this series.
“We got a lot of work to do,” Dumville said.
“At the same time, we saw what it takes to do it. Those last two periods shows what we need to do to win this series. It’s in the players hands to get the job done.