Ma­son re­turns to Crush­ers

Ma­jor ju­nior vet­eran Bar­rett Dachyshyn in the fold

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

The Pic­tou County Crush­ers have made some ros­ter cuts and still have a cou­ple of spots to sort out be­fore their Sept. 13 sea­sonopener against the Val­ley Wild­cats.

“Some guys will make it easy for us, some guys will make it tougher on us,” said head coach Doug Doull.

Notes from the Crush­ers this week (so far):

■ The Crush­ers have de­cided on two goal­tenders (re­turnee Greg Nor­more and 20-year-old Sean Ju­lian). Their goal­tend­ing wasn’t as con­sis­tent as they may have liked last sea­son, so Nor­more and Ju­lian are go­ing to have to keep their team in games.

■ 20-year-old Bar­rett Dachyshyn, who spent three sea­sons with the Hal­i­fax Moose­heads, joined the team Tues­day and is ex­pected to boost the club’s depth at cen­tre.

“We’re ob­vi­ously ex­cited to have him,” said gen­eral man­ager/ as­sis­tant coach Chad McDavid.

“We have five guys who can play the mid­dle.”

■ Pic­tou County got Jaden Ma­son back this week. The Stel­lar­ton na­tive was a late cut of the Monc­ton Wild­cats of the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League.

■ Aleck Forcier and Harry San­ders are two de­fence­man who are ex­pected to be heavy con­trib­u­tors on the back end. Ai­den Hickey and Matthew Fradette are the only two re­turn­ing de­fence­man.

“We ex­pect those two to be good – solid,” said Doull of Hickey and Fradette, be­fore adding the de­fen­sive unit as a group pro­vides some nice balance.

■ Doull was asked who has most sur­prised him the most so far in camp, and he men­tioned Cam Scott (three goals in two pre-sea­son games) and Evan Gal­lant (two goals). Gal­lant was ac­quired

■ The Pic­tou County Crush­ers split of pair of pre-sea­son games with the Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals this past week­end. On Fri­day, the Mar­itime Hockey League clubs hooked up at the Credit Union Place in Sum­mer­side. New­comer Cam Scott had two goals and an as­sist for Pic­tou County, Evan MacLen­nan, Evan Gal­lant (pic­tured) and Dustin Sudds fired sin­gles. Marc Richard had a pair for the Cap­i­tals. Satur­day at the Pic­tou County Well­ness Cen­tre, the Cap­i­tals beat the Crush­ers 7-4, led by two goals from Cam Roberts. Scott, Bray­den Ryan, Ben Wil­liams and Gal­lant had the goals for Pic­tou County.

from the St. Stephen Aces dur­ing the off-sea­son.

■ As had been ex­pected, jersey #47, worn for three sea­sons by

all-time Crush­ers points’ leader Michael Dill (81G, 122A), will be

un­avail­able for the com­ing sea­son.

KEVIN ADSHADE/THE NEWS

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