Look­ing for some ‘puck luck’

Crush­ers, Caps to col­lide as Pic­tou County looks to add to win­ning col­umn

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

Pic­tou County may be at the bot­tom of the South Di­vi­sion stand­ings and have the MHL’s worst record, but the ju­nior A Crush­ers are far from buried.

The Crush­ers are just a sin­gle point be­hind the Val­ley Wild­cats and six be­hind the South Shore Lum­ber­jacks – with 35 games to go in the sea­son – as they head into ac­tion this week.

“We’ve dug our­selves a lit­tle hole here, but it’s noth­ing we can’t dig our­selves out of,” said vet­eran for­ward Bar­rett Dachyshyn, whose team fi­nally got a win last week af­ter go­ing 43 days without one.

“Win­ning is like a drug – once you do it once, you want to keep do­ing it.”

Tough com­pe­ti­tion ahead

A buz­zkill might not be far

away: the next three games are a bru­tal stretch if the Crush­ers want to main­tain that happy feel­ing.

The Crush­ers, who halted a 13-game win­less skid with a 5-4 win over the Lum­ber­jacks Oct. 26, first must deal with the Sum­mer­side Western Cap­i­tals - a goal-scor­ing jug­ger­naut that owns the best record in the Mar­itime Hockey League (12 wins in 15 games) - as they head into the Nov. 1 game at the Pic­tou County Well­ness Cen­tre at 7 p.m.

Pic­tou County then plays the Bearcats in Truro on Nov. 3, and have a Nov. 6 home game against the di­vi­sion-lead­ing Yar­mouth Mariners.

Against South Shore, Isaac Chap­man had two goals for Pic­tou County, with Evan Gal­lant, Evan Ma­cLen­nan and Dachyshyn also scor­ing in the 5-4 win as the Lum­ber­jacks tried to fight back from a 5-2 deficit. In the third pe­riod, the ’Jacks scored two quick ones to get close and, with a Crush­ers in the penalty box in the fi­nal two min­utes, poured on the pres­sure try­ing to get the equal­izer.

“The last two min­utes were pretty stress­ful,” Gal­lant said of the game in Lunen­burg.

“We re­al­ized we had to stop the curse and every­body just beared down. I think it’s a first step and, hope­fully, there’s a lot more to come. We’ve had a lot of un­lucky stuff hap­pen on the ice – it doesn’t seem like the puck luck has been on our side at times.”

At home against the Mi­ramichi Tim­ber­wolves Oct. 25, Ai­den Hickey, Ja­cob Hickey, Chad Wil­son and Ma­son scored for the Crush­ers, who re­bounded from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game be­fore the T-Wolves won it late in a 6-4 fi­nal.

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