SPRINGHILL – Jared Wilson scored with 59.6 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Cumberland County Blues a 4-3 win over the St. Margarets Bay Ducks last night at Richard Calder Arena and a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League championship series.
“Jordie (Shaw) made a nice pass and I just drove to the net and shot it,” said Wilson, 20, a Moncton native who split last season between Woodstock and Campbellton of the Maritime junior A league.
“This was probably our biggest win of the season. We’ve got a bit of a stranglehold now and hopefully we can close this out.”
Cumberland can clinch its second straight league title Thursday in Upper Tantallon. Both teams are headed to the Don Johnson Cup Atlantic junior B championship, which the Ducks are hosting April 20-25.
Cumberland’s perfect postseason continues. The Blues are 11-0, having swept the Pictou County Scotians and Strait Pirates en route to the final.
Zach Carson, Seth Crowe and Jeff Deruelle also scored for the Blues, who trailed 2-1 through 40 minutes. Carson added a pair of assists, giving him a team-high 23 points in the postseason, and Deruelle chipped in with a pair of helpers.
Andrew Court made 25 saves in the Blues net. Cumberland sent 43 shots at Tom Nicholson in the Ducks’ cage.
Shaw returned from an arm injury, having sat out Game 2 on Sunday. Forward Ryan Smith did not play because of a bone bruise on his foot from blocking a shot in Game 2, but is expected to return Thursday.
Though his team is firmly in the driver’s seat, head coach Dave Hyatt said now is not the time to let up.
“We’ve still got a lot of hockey to play,” he said. “We didn’t play our best tonight and we’ve got Atlantics coming up, so we have to be ready for that.”