Plenty of offence spread around in the MHL
MHL teams combined to score just over eight goals per game this past week, meaning some skaters took a big boost in their stats while goaltenders felt the pain of the stat.
The action started Thursday night with the Pictou County Weeks Crushers defeating the Dieppe Commandos 5-4 in New Glasgow. Garrett Lambke, Mike Lyle, Ethan Marsh, Cole Murphy and Josh Renaud scored for the Crushers with Devan Tremblay turning aside 31 Dieppe shots in the win. Robbie Graham replied with two goals on the Commandos side, with Matt Bernier and Andrew Meredith adding single tallies.
Friday’s action would kick off with the Miramichi Timberwolves defeating the County Aces in St. Stephen by a score of 9-2. The Timberwolves were led by Jordan Kennedy with seven points (4-3), Billy Gaston with six points (1-5), Brayden Wood (2-2) and Tyler Brown (1-3). Alex Collette stopped all 11 shots he faced in two periods while newly acquired Billy Clarke stopped 10 of 12 shots in the final period. Damon MacDonald and Parker Sanderson replied for the Aces. The Campbellton Tigers would defend home ice by defeating the Amherst Ramblers 6-1. Darcy Burley scored a goal while adding three assists in front of Guillaume Brideau who stopped 22 shots in the win. Jake McKenna scored the only Ramblers goal. The Yarmouth Mariners would defeat the Bridgewater Lumberjacks 3-1 led by a two goal, one assist performance from Ross Martin. Chase Gaudet stopped 24 of 25 shots in the win. The final game of the night was a very sentimental game. The Woodstock Slammers hosted the Weeks Crushers, but the game was overshadowed by the imminent cancer treatment of Slammers forward Zach Whitlock. Led by Riley Craft and Matt Bursey, the Slammers defeated the Crushers 9-1, which makes up Whitlock’s sweater No. 91.
Saturday night would see another four games, beginning with the Valley Wildcats coming back from a three goal deficit to defeat the Summerside Western Capitals 4-3 in a shootout in Summerside. Nick Bruce, Jeremy Butterworth and Jean-Marc Evans-Renaud scored goals in regulation for the Wildcats while Evans-Renaud would also add the shootout winning goal. Will King was busy, stopping 56 shots in the shootout win. The Crushers would travel to St. Stephen to take on the County Aces and would use three third period goals to defeat the Aces 4-3. Garrett Lambke, Willie MacDonald, Justin McDonald and Daniel Walsh all recorded multiple points for the Crushers while Damon MacDonald would score two goals for the Aces. The Truro Bearcats would drop their only game of the week, a home affair with the Yarmouth Mariners by a score of 5-2. Charles Poulin (2-2), Sean Fraser (2-1) and Ross Martin (0-3) led the Mariners offensively with Chase Gaudet turning aside 25 Truro shots in the win. The final game would see the Miramichi Timberwolves narrowly hang on to win their seventh straight game when they defeated the Amherst Ramblers 6-5. The Timberwolves jumped out to a 4-0 and 5-1 leads before the Ramblers would storm back. Tyler Brown led the Timberwolves with two goals and a pair of assists as well. Alex Collette stopped 24 shots.
On Sunday, the Dieppe Commandos would get back in the win column defeating the Valley Wildcats 5-4 in Dieppe. Mathieu Newcomb led the Commandos with three points while Mike Molloy and Brandon Worthen had two point efforts for the Wildcats. The final game of the week saw the Slammers score early and often, defeating the Campbellton Tigers 7-1. Riley Craft and Keaton Lubin had three point efforts for the Slammers with Antoine Landry stopping 14 shots in the win.