By Dave Mathieson
SPRINGHILL - Landon Crowe returned to his hometown last Friday night but instead of suiting up in net for the Cumberland County Blue, hockey fans watched Crowe stop pucks for the Brookfield Elks.
Crowe faced 40 shot's from his former teammates in a close fought battle, which the Blues won 4-3.
"It was a battle but it didn't work out for us," Crowe said after the game. "I played well. I tried to give my team a chance to win and they played well in front of me but sometimes a few bounces here and there decides a game."
The deciding goal was the result of a third period screen from Blues captain Cody Roach.
"In the second period Roachy was in front of the net and I waved my stick in front of his face and he was giving me pay back on that last goal by waving his stick in front of my face and I didn't see the puck all the way through."
Brookfield played exhibition games with the Blues early in the season but this was only the second time they've played each other during the regular season.
"There was a little bit of nerves coming in here but I get a little excited playing against the boys and they have good fans here so it's definitely something to look forward to," Crowe said. "Playing against them was strange at the beginning of the season but now you just go out and try to get the two points and get ready for the playoffs."
Playing in Brookfield has been a good experience for Crowe.
"As soon as I went down there they welcomed me with open arms and I haven't looked back," Crowe said. "I appreciated playing here in Springhill but Brookfield has shown me a lot of hospitality and have treated me just like family."
While playing in Brookfield, Crowe attends the Nova Scotia Community College, Truro Campus, where he takes Recreation Leadership.
"It's a two year course," Crowe said. "So if all goes to plan, and if they want me back, I'll be back with Brookfield next year."