Blues push leagues top team to overtime

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Russian scores two goals in 6-5 loss

Demitrii Anikin looks for a pass during first period NSJHL action Friday night in Springhill.

AMHERST – Anikin can play hockey.

Although the Blues lost both their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League games over the weekend, their latest acquisition, Russian player Demitrii Anikin, left his mark on the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

Anikin scored one goal at home on Friday against the St. Margaret’s Bay Ducks, and then scored two goals Saturday against the Glace Bay Miners, which is the league’s top team.

Anikin scored two first period goals in their 6-5 overtime loss on Saturday in Glace Bay, a game the Blues went into with only 13 players.

Anikin gave the Blues a 1-0 lead at little over six minutes into the game but less than a minute later the Miners tied it up 1-1.

Anikin put the Blues up 2-1 with 9:25 left in the first but the Miners tied it up 2-2 less than four minutes later and that’s how the first frame ended.

Steven Whittle and Zach Black assisted on the first goal, and Black assisted on the second goal.

The Blues took a 3-2 lead early in the second period when Jonathan Tattrie scored with assists from Mackenzie Young and Zack Anderson but the period ended with the Miners up 4-3.

The Blues went up 5-4 in the third off goals from Young and Jesse Colborne.

Tattrie and Colborne assisted on the Young goal, and Young and Anderson assisted on the Colborne goal.

Glace Bay tied the game with 7:51 left in the third period, forcing overtime, and then Glace Bay’s Ryan Bursey scored the game winner with 2:29 left in overtime.

Blues goaltender Jesse Cox face 49 shots while the Blues had 30 shots on Miners goaltender Nicholas Walsh.

The Blues lost 5-2 to the Bay Ducks on Friday at home agains St. Margaret's Bay. Nobody scored in the first period, but down 1-0 in the second period, Anikin tied the game 1-1, with assists from Young and Gilbert Murdock.

The Ducks went up 2-1, but Whittle tied it up 2-2 with 4:27 left in the second. Assisting on the goal was Shane Harnish and Brett Pendergast.

The Ducks scored with 59 seconds left in the second and scored two unanswered goals in the third, giving themselves a 5-2 win.

Cox saved 36 of the 41 shots fired his way, while his teammates had 21 shots on Miners netminder Jacob Dempsey.

The Blues are home again Friday night where they will host the Sackville Blazers at 7:30 p.m.

They are on the road to Trenton on Sunday where they take on the Pictou County Scotians.




Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Young and Anderson

Geographic location: Glace Bay, Bay Ducks

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