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Parker celebrates his 100th MHL goal heading into Game 4 Thursday night

NEW GLASGOW – The memory of scoring his 100th MHL goal will be etched in his mind for years to come, but Weeks Crushers captain Nick Parker will set it aside for now – there’s still a playoff series to be played.

Weeks Crushers captain Nick Parker poses with the game puck that he scored his 100th MHL goal with. Parker scored the goal during Tuesday night’s game against the Amherst Ramblers to put the Crushers up 4-0. 

Parker scored the goal Tuesday night in Game 3 of the Crushers Eastlink Division semifinal with the Amherst Ramblers, putting the team up 4-0 in the game as they went on to win 4-1.

He said in recent weeks he knew he was close, but didn’t realize right away when he scored his 100th goal, both as a Crusher and in the MHL.

“I knew probably a few games ago – I can’t even remember who told me now – that I was four goals away,” he said. “I never really thought too much of it, but had it in the back of my head and then when I got the first one (Tuesday night) that I was at 99 and on the power play there I let it go and realized I hit 100.”

With the Crushers on the man advantage, Parker had space and time with the puck on the sideboards. He stepped out towards the slot and slapped it past Richard Tingley. Trying to score wasn’t his main priority, but he said it worked out.

“Honestly I wasn’t thinking about my 100th goal, I was just thinking that it was a 3-0 game, we had a power play and we wanted to get pucks to the net,” said Parker. “I just put it on net and knew Holmer (Garrett Holmes) or Mully (John Mullally) were there if there was a rebound, but it managed to go in.

“At first I was just happy it put us up 4-0 and gave us a little bit more of a cushion in the third, but once that settled in when we were in the group celebrating I realized it was my 100th and the boys got the puck for me.”

Up 2-1 in their series with the Ramblers, the Crushers travel to the Amherst Stadium Thursday night for Game 4. Parker said he celebrated the goal Tuesday night and today, but Thursday the focus shifts to getting another win.

“It’s definitely gone now – like I said it was nice last night and it will be nice at the end of my career, but I don't want the end of my career to be any time soon,” said Parker. “I want to go out on a winning note and win my last game as a junior.”

So far in the series the home team has won each game, handily at that. The Crushers captain and 20-year-old native of Brooklyn, N.S., said they should be more comfortable in Amherst tonight and have a better effort.

“I think last night was good for us and we’ve got the momentum rolling now,” he said. “We’ve played there in playoffs and everyone has played there one game, so we know what it’s going to be like. We just have to go in and finish our hits, play a good game and I think it will be really beneficial for us now that we know what we’re going to experience.”

 

christopher.cameron@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris 

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium, Brooklyn

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  • bobby hall
    March 20, 2014 - 06:50

    atta boy!! congrats!