Blues pick up two big wins on weekend

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SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Cool Blues had two big wins over the weekend, dominating the Strait Pirates on Friday and showing determination and resilience in their win over the Antigonish Bulldogs on Sunday.
After demolishing the Pirates with a 7-2 win at home, the Blues travelled to Antigonish and quickly began to deconstruct the Bulldogs by taking a 3-0 lead in the first period.
"We started off strong," said Cool Blues Coach Ron Reynolds. "But we had a few lapses in the game."
Andrew Brennan scored the Blues first goal while Ryan Smith and Julien Rousselle also scored. Assists came from Brennan with two and one each from Rousselle, Matt Carroll and Nathan Lavigne.
The Blues first two lapses came in the second period when the Bulldogs Ken Chisholm scored two unanswered goals in the period.
It was in the third period when the Blues came out strong and took a 4-2 lead when Rouselle scored his second goal of the night at 1:59 into the period with assists from Brennan and Lavigne.
Soon after that, the Bulldogs pushed the Blues to the limit.
"We had to play the last eight minutes of the game shorthanded but the boys responded well," said Reynolds. "They scored only one goal on it."
That one goal came off the stick of the Bulldogs Brent Vanoischot.
"Sometimes the boys lose their composure and sometimes things happen in a game and they do things they don't want to do. So we're working on that," said Reynolds. "We'll have that stuff addressed come playoff time, that's for sure.
On Friday, the Blues also struck for three goals in the first period en route to a 7-2 win over the Strait Pirates as Mark Rozak scored twice.
Smith and Seth Crowe each had a goal and an assist for the Blues while David Burke, Ryan Kay and Cody Firth each added single markers.
Cody Roach had three assists while Hughie McGuish and Brennan each had two assists with Lavigne and Murray Bavis each chipping in single assists. Trevor Wood and Brad MacLean replied for the Pirates, who trailed 3-0 after one period and 5-2 after two.
The Blues return to action Friday at home against Pictou County.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Cool Blues

Geographic location: Antigonish, Pictou County

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