Pictou County hosts Truro tonight at Wellness Centre
NEW GLASGOW – One player hasn’t been the difference in turning things around for the Weeks Crushers – it’s been an entire team effort.
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Weeks Crushers defenceman Cole Hutchinson, left, said the team feels they are coming together again and hope to keep things rolling this week against Truro and Amherst.
Once they did get things turned around the Crushers ended up being short four forwards Saturday night in Truro against the Bearcats. They beat the odds with a short bench, defeating Truro 4-1.
“I think that everyone, as a team, took it upon themselves to step up that game,” said defenceman Cole Hutchinson about having a short bench. “It wasn’t just the defence that had to step up. As a team we had to play better, especially with four of our top guys missing. It wasn’t only a big game for the forwards with their linemates missing, but everyone was part of that win. Having a tight defence played a part in it as well.”
Tonight they host Truro, the second straight game for the Crushers against the Bearcats. Playing two games close together means things are more fresh in both team’s minds according to Hutchinson. He believes that will add more to tonight’s game with Truro wanting to get revenge for Saturday’s loss.
“Knowing that – our whole team agrees that we were all over them that game,” said Hutchinson. “It was a great effort by everyone. Knowing it’s fresh for both teams means that they’ll be coming in hot wanting revenge for the loss.
“I think it was a huge win, but leading up to Saturday with wins against Dieppe and Woodstock those also helped our confidence heading into that game. We were losing games before that and were up and down, but with wins against top teams we came together as a team again.”
The Crushers hold a one-point lead over Truro for top spot in the MHL, while the Bearcats have a game in hand. With 11 games remaining, seven at home, every point is crucial to where they will finish in the standings.
“Every game is just as big as the other, no matter which division the team is in,” said Hutchinson. “We have about 11 games left in the regular season, so every single one will be important to finish the year strong going into the playoffs. You want get as many points as possible and play well every night to gain confidence for when the season is really on the line come playoff time.”
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Joining the organization in early November, Hutchinson said he thinks he’s fit in well with the experienced roster they have. He said most players have specific roles, his being a key member of their penalty kill and shutdown defenceman.
“I think I’ve done pretty well,” he said. “Myself I’ve had a few up-and-down games, but for the most part I think I’ve fit in well and have done my best to help the team the best I can. With a team with this many 20-year-olds everyone has their roles and mine has become being more of a penalty kill guy. I think I’m more of a defensive guy and take pride in killing penalties in our own end, similar to the guys on the power play that take pride doing their job.”
Puck drop tonight at the Wellness Centre is 7 p.m.
Tonight is Minor Hockey Night at the Wellness Centre. Kids wearing a PCMHA jersey get in for free. Three kids will also be selected from the crowd to play “Shoot to Win.”
David Stephens (lower-body) and Jordan McInnis (suspension) will be out of the lineup.
John Mullally is a game time decision.
Brandon Thibeau will start in goal for Pictou County.
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