The Cumberland County Cool Blues had two big wins over the weekend, dominating the Pirates on Friday and showing determination and resilience in their win over the Antigonish Bulldogs on Sunday.
SPRINGHILL: The Cumberland County Cool Blues had two big wins over the weekend, dominating the 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 traveled to Antigonish and quickly began to deconstruct the Bulldogs by taking a 3-0 lead in the first period; but the Dogs weren't going down without a fight.
"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 lit up the light for the Blues.
Assists on the goals came from Brennan with two assists, with single helpers 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 Julien 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 8 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, that's for sure.
The Blues will get to work on staying out of the penalty box when they return to action on Friday night and begin a home-and-home series with the Pictou County Scotians with the opener at 7:30 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena. The second game of the series goes Sunday in Trenton at 7:30 p.m.