The first place Yarmouth Junior A Mariners fell to the last place team in the division tonight.
For just the second time this year, the Mariners failed to pick up two points at the Fishtank, losing 4-3 to the Pictou County Weeks Crushers in front of 1,300 fans.
The Mariners held one goal leads through the game, but two late goals by the Crushers put the road team in front for good.
Leif Hertz stopped 35 shots in the loss, and goals were scored by new Mariner Patrick Daley and Brent Broaders, who had two.
Head Coach and GM Laurie Barron didn't like his team's effort.
"They were better than us in the net, they were better than us on defense and forward. Obviously their coach did a lot better job than I did tonight. We just got beaten by a hungrier team."
Defenseman Adam Pilotte also made his Mariner debut, and picked up four penalty minutes.
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Barron says his new acquisitions are good hockey players, but the overall team structure wasn't there tonight.
"Sometimes when you get a new group together, everybody is looking at someone else to do the pick and shovel work. I thought we were perimeter tonight, we didn't get enough bodies to the net. We were just soft."
Yarmouth, now sitting two points ahead of South Shore for first in the division visit Amherst tomorrow night and Summerside on Sunday afternoon.