TRURO, N.S. – The Truro Bearcats allowed three goals in less than 12 minutes to start the game and never recovered in a 5-4 loss to the Pictou County Crushers in the Maritime Junior Hockey League on Thursday.
It was the third straight loss for the Bearcats, who dropped a 4-1 decision to the Yarmouth Mariners on Wednesday.
On Friday, Truro played a road game in Yarmouth (visit trurodaily.com for result) to finish up a busy three-games-in-three-nights stretch.
Dylan Riley opened the scoring on Thursday for the Crushers with a power-play goal at 3:30. Riley added another near the midway point of the first period and Michael Dill made it 3-zip for the home side with a power-play marker at 11:43.
Campbell Pickard got the Bearcats on the board at 13:54, while Graham Rutledge made it 3-2 with a goal at 17:01.
Evan MacLennan and Donovan Rehill scored in the second period to restore the three-goal cushion for the Crushers.
Pickard converted on a power-play at 6:57 of the third, while Cameron MacLeod made it a one-goal game at the 19-minute mark, however, that’s as close as the Bearcats would get.
Truro goaltender Kevin Resop made 24 saves, while Luke Melanson of the Crushers faced 38 shots. Melanson, who is from Truro, is a former member of the Bearcats.