Crush­ers seek sev­enth straight win

Pic­tou County rolling with six straight vic­to­ries as Jan. 10 ros­ter dead­line looms

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

It wasn’t that long ago the Ju­nior A Crush­ers were think­ing about cut­ting their losses and wait­ing ’til next year.

Mired in a long los­ing spell and fall­ing out of the play­off pic­ture, the pos­si­bil­ity of shed­ding vet­eran play­ers in the days lead­ing up to the Jan. 10 trade dead­line was a very strong one.

Then, De­cem­ber hap­pened. Win­ners of six straight games since the start of De­cem­ber – and eight of their past nine – the Crush­ers are only two points be­hind the South Shore Lum­ber­jacks for the fi­nal play­off spot in the Mar­itime Hockey League’s South Divi­sion (the Lum­ber­jacks have played two fewer games).

“Our out­look has changed dra­mat­i­cally since the first of De­cem­ber,” gen­eral man­ager and as­sis­tant coach Chad McDavid said this week.

“We’ve put our­selves in a po­si­tion where, if we can keep this lit­tle run go­ing, we have a good chance of catch­ing who’s in front of us and mak­ing the play­offs. The play­ers have worked hard in the last month and a half.”

McDavid said any­thing could be on the ta­ble – even trad­ing veter­ans – if the or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ceived an of­fer too good to refuse, but any hockey gen­eral man­ager says the same thing.

McDavid did say he’d like to add some depth to the blue­line, if a trade makes sense both short and long-term.

“We have six de­fence­men (and) we’re an in­jury away from not hav­ing a full group back there.”

Pic­tou County has an op­por­tu­nity to get their sev­enth straight win on Thurs­day against the Yar­mouth Mariners (7 p.m. at the Pic­tou County Well­ness Cen­tre), but it won’t be easy. Yar­mouth is 4-0 against Pic­tou County this sea­son, has outscored the Crush­ers 16-5 in those games and are start­ing to take con­trol of first place in the Mar­itime Hockey League’s South Divi­sion.

The Crush­ers el­e­vated their win streak to six games on Jan. 3 with a 7-4 win on home ice over the Amherst Ram­blers.

Bar­rett Dachyshyn and Dy­lan Ri­ley each had two goals for the Crush­ers, while also find­ing the net were Ja­cob Hickey, Evan Gal­lant, and new­comer Chase El­lis, in the 16-year-old’s first game as a Crusher.

Ai­den Hickey, Michael Fradette, Kevin Ma­son and Isaac Chap­man all had two as­sists for Pic­tou County. Ri­ley, who had just four goals in the first 21 games of the sea­son, has erupted for eight goals and eight as­sists in the past eight games.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.