Crushers end Caps’ winning streak

Jason Simmonds
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SUMMERSIDE – Jordan Moore took some simple advice from his coaches, and the defenceman from Charlottetown scored the winning goal for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers against the Summerside Western Capitals on Sunday afternoon.

Pictou County Weeks Crushers defenceman Jordan Moore of Charlottetown carries the puck through the neutral zone while being closely watched by Summerside Western Capitals forward Jordan Buchanan. Moore scored the winning goal in the Crushers’ 3-1 victory in Summerside on Sunday afternoon.

Moore’s tally 42 seconds into the third period snapped a 1-1 tie, and Jordan McInnis of Souris added an insurance marker at 12:47 as the Crushers posted a 3-1 road victory.

“The coaches have been telling me to shoot the puck on the net and get shots through, and it doesn’t matter how hard they are and good things will happen,” said Moore, who let go a shot from about four feet off the blue-line on the right side that made its way through traffic in front.

The win snapped the Caps’ seven-game winning streak in the MHL (Maritime Junior Hockey League. The Caps fell to 18-4-2-0 (won-lost-overtime losses-shootout losses) while the Crushers, who were coming off a 7-6 overtime win over Dieppe on Saturday night, improved to 11-10-4-1.

“They (Crushers) were pretty hungry to win today (Sunday), and I didn’t think we were as prepared as we should have been,” said Caps head coach Billy McGuigan. “We didn’t seem to have that jump today as we did in other games.”

Did McGuigan feel the Crushers outworked the Caps?

“I don’t know if we were outworked,” answered McGuigan. “We definitely didn’t have as good of an effort as we wanted.

“I thought our execution was bad, we weren’t making passes we needed to make and we outshot them by two shots. We had some chances that could have went in the net to make it a different game, but a little disappointed in the effort.”

Before 1,138 fans at Eastlink Arena, the Capitals’ Thomas Stavert, who was set up by Alex Cote, opened the scoring at 17:33 of the first period. The score remained that way until Garrett Holmes (1-1) pulled the Crushers even at 10:39 of the second period. John Mullally (2), Corey Bennett and Andrew Darrigo added assists.

"The coaches have been telling me to shoot the puck on the net and get shots through, and it doesn’t matter how hard they are and good things will happen." Pictou County Weeks Crushers defenceman Jordan Moore

“We talked about the simplicity of our game before we came in here,” said Crushers head coach Jason Malone. “We just ended a tough losing skid last night, and there was a lot of emotion involved.

“We knew coming in the energy may not be there. We needed to use the glass and neutral zone to our advantage, and the guys responded by playing a perfect road game.”

Overall, the Capitals outshot the Crushers 32-20. Winning goaltender was Brandon Thibeau, and Jacob Riley took the loss.

“We played a really simple game,” assessed Moore, 20. “We kept things simple. . . We chipped off the glass, and we know they have a good forecheck. We created a lot of odd-man rushes for ourselves by keeping the game simple.”

Four of the game’s seven minor penalties assessed by referee Paul Matte went against the Caps.

The game’s three stars were:

1. Garrett Holmes (Crushers), 2. John Mullally (Crushers), 3. Andrew Darrigo (Crushers).

The Capitals’ next home contest is against the Miramichi Timberwolves on Sunday, Dec. 9. Game time is 2 p.m.

Organizations: Capitals, Maritime Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Dieppe

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