Weeks Crushers 2013-14
All stories published on the Weeks Crushers leading up to and during their 2013-14 season.
All stories published on the Weeks Crushers leading up to and during their 2013-14 season.
“It’s a preview for us for what we’re going to be dealing with in the playoffs, so we’ve started preparing this week for tomorrow (Thursday) and playoffs,” said Weeks Crushers assistant captain Garrett Holmes. “We’re just going to play it like we would a playoff game. We’ve got to start getting our heads into it and getting focused. It’s a big one tomorrow just to get ready and prepared for the week after.”
Tonight Pictou County host the Amherst Ramblers in their final regular season game, while Game 1 of their best-of-seven Eastlink Division semifinal begins just a week later at the Wellness Centre.
This season the Crushers boast a 5-1-1 record against the Ramblers. Four of the seven games were one-goal games. Their goal tonight is to pick up a sixth win against Amherst, although their focus is on ensuring their systems are where they want them to be moving into next week.
“I don’t know if the result matters, but we’re going to play like we would always…
Weeks Crushers captain Nick Parker was named the MHL's first star for the week ending March 2.
In three games, the 20-year-old registered six points as the Crushers went unbeaten on the week.
At home on Thursday night, Parker racked up a pair of assists in his team’s 4-2 victory over the Valley Wildcats.
On Friday night in Bridgewater, he scored twice and added an assist as the Crushers downed the Lumberjacks 5-1.
Back home on Saturday night, Parker fired home the game-winning goal with under seven minutes remaining in the third period and was named the first star of the contest in Pictou County’s 3-2 win over the Campbellton Tigers.
The third year MHL veteran is currently riding an eight game point streak and sits in fourth place overall in the league scoring race with 64 points in 51 games.
Colton Parsons of the Dieppe Commandos was named the second star, while Ryan Groom of the Bridgewater Lumberjacks was the third star.
The Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeated the Campbellton Tigers 3-2 Saturday night in New Glasgow.
Garret Holmes led the Crushers with two assists while Sam Castonguay led the Tigers with one goal and one assist.
Castonguay (unassisted) opened the scoring at 10:32 to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. David Stephens scored at 13:13 to tie the game at 1-1 after the first period.
Patrick Durgy scored at 6:17 to regain the lead for Campbellton at 2-1 after the second period.
Tanner McCabe scored at 2:20 to even the score at 2-2. Nick Parker (game winner) scored at 13:18 for the win.
Pictou County went 0 for 3 on the power play while Campbellton went 0 for 5.
Brandon Thibeau stopped 23 of 25 shots for the win while Alexis Paiement stopped 28 of 31 shots in the loss.
Although the Wildcats came out strong in the second, the Crushers weren’t ready to let go and came back hard in the third.
Crushers assistant coach Chad McDavid said the team was trying to focus and be on top of things for the full 60 minutes, but weren’t quite there.
“I thought we had a good 40 minutes in this game. The second period wasn’t where we wanted it to be.”
Evan Carmody started off the scoring for the Weeks Crushers 5:32 into the first period, assisted by Stephen MacInnis and Nick Parker.
MacInnis advanced their lead, just 34 seconds later with help from Parker and Carmody.
The score remained unchanged for the rest of the period, with shots 15-10 for the Crushers.
Mitchell Jones cut the Crushers lead in half at 11:04 in the second period with assists from Mike Molloy and Brady Atwater.
Colby Tower tied the game 18:34 into the period, assisted by Molloy and Brad Ryckman.
The Wildcats were leading in shots by the end of…
The Weeks Crushers play three games in three nights this week, with their final regular season game next Thursday at home. First place in the Eastlink Division appears to be out of reach and second looks like a lock for Pictou County should they pick up a win or two this weekend. Yarmouth is six points back, having played one more game, while Amherst is seven points back with a game in hand.
Rookie defenceman Rory Graham said the team will go into each of their remaining regular season games with a playoff mentality to help prepare for their push for the Kent Cup.
“You have to go in with a mentality that every game is do or die from now on,” he said. “Once you get to playoffs you have to be able to come out with wins even if you’re not playing your best game and I think with the group we have we can have great games every game that we play.”
Tonight they host the Valley…
The losses have hurt their chances of catching the Truro Bearcats for first place in the Eastlink Division heading into the playoffs, as they took a five-point lead on the Crushers with a win Sunday over the Valley Wildcats, but it’s of no concern to Parker.
He said there’s nothing they can do but focus on themselves and they can’t worry about whether Truro will lose a few of their four remaining games.
“Right now, to be honest, I don’t think we care,” he said. “Our goal isn’t to finish first or second because we have bigger goals than that. Home ice advantage is great, but regardless of if we have it we need to be able to get by any team in the end. Our goal is more than finishing first after the regular season. We want to win the Kent Cup, so that will mean beating whoever we’re up against each round.”
Friday night the Crushers were up 3-0 over the Mariners in Yarmouth just 3:55 into the…
The Yarmouth Jr A Mariners edged the Pictou County Weeks Crushers 4-3 Friday night in Yarmouth.
Connor Donaghey led the Mariners with two, Mitchell Shewfelt led the Crushers with a goal and an assist.
Shewfelt opened the scoring 49 seconds into the game to give the Crushers a very early 1-0 lead. Brandon Parsons scored at 11:40 to exxtend the lead to2-0 after the first period.
Tyler Doyle scored at 3:55 to increase the lead to 3-0. Donaghey scored at 4:57 to get the Mariners on the scoreboard at 3-1. Shawn Boudreau (powerplay) scored at 12:42 to cut the lead to 3-2 after the second period.
Messenger (powerplay) scored at 13:35 to tie the game at 3-3. Donaghey (game winner, second goal of game) scored the winning goal at 17:28.
Yarmouth went 2 for 4 on the power play, while Pictou County went 0 for 4.
Chase Gaudet stopped 22 of 25 shots for the win while Devan Tremblay stopped 19 of 23 shots in the loss.
Tonight the Weeks Crushers are home against the Summerside Western…
Tonight a strong first period, although the Ramblers opened the scoring, was enough as they went on to defeat Amherst 4-2.
Early on Pictou County was dominating play with lots of offensive pressure on the Ramblers, but on Amherst’s third shot Justin Thomas beat Brandon Thibeau glove side to give them the early 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later Regan Spears chipped the puck over Richard Tingley, after he made the initial save, to tie the game 1-1.
A minute later Nick Parker walked in and beat Tingley clean on a shot from the hashmarks, giving Pictou County their first lead of the game.
John Mullally rounded out the Crushers first period scoring on an odd play where the puck went straight up and dropped behind the Amherst goaltender, in the net. After one period Pictou County led 3-1 on the scoreboard, while outshooting Amherst 20-5.
It didn’t look like it would get better for Amherst as Stephen MacInnis cushioned the Pictou County lead with a goal 5:56 into the…
Four of the six meetings between the Weeks Crushers and Amherst Ramblers have been decided by a goal, two of those in a shootout. Pictou County forward Stephen MacInnis said it comes down to both teams being evenly matched and special teams making a difference.
This season in their meetings Amherst is 3-20 on the man-advantage, while Pictou County is 2-25, although two of Amherst’s power play goals were on Nov. 30 when they went 2-2 and won the game 5-4.
“When we get our power play chances we need to use those to score and when we get our PK chances we need to keep them from scoring,” he said.
That’s something MacInnis understands all too well, being one of the Crushers main penalty killers this season. Coming into the season that was the role he wanted and expected to play. He’s happy with how his shutdown role has been going, but feels his offence could use some work.
“I’m not much of a power play guy, but as…
SUMMERSIDE – Monday afternoon the Weeks Crushers defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 3-2 to keep pace with the Truro Bearcats atop the MHL’s Eastlink Division.
Both clubs have played 45 games, with Truro currently holding top spot with 66 points.
Nick Parker opened the scoring for the Crushers with 3:29 remaining in the first period to give Pictou County a 1-0 lead after the one period.
Joey Colatarci tied the game 1:34 into the second. Mitchell Deruelle gave the Crushers the lead again seven minutes later, before Blaize Bridges scored to tie the game 2-2.
Deruelle’s second of the game 16:22 into the second was the eventual game-winning goal as neither team scored in the third.
Brandon Thibeau made 28 saves for his 21st win of the season, while Simon-Pier Chamberland took the loss for the Summerside.