TRENTON – When the Pictou County Jr. B Scotians were on a nine-game winning streak at the start of the season, it was the Cumberland Blues that dethroned them.
Time and time again throughout the year, they’ve been nothing but a thorn in the Scotians’ flesh.
They are a team who, in a matter of just two minutes, can turn the tide of a game, score a few points and win.
“We’re in the game and then all of a sudden – bang – we’re behind,” said head coach George Frazee.
“There’s a lot of competitive feelings on both sides,” he said.
It’s those emotions that make the first round of the Jr. B playoffs all the more interesting and all the more important for the Scotians.
The teams will face off at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre at 8 p.m. today.
The Blues are the league leaders. They have a 15-2 record for the season, but they are not invincible. On the 19th of this month, the Scotians beat them on the road 3-2.
“It just showed it’s in the dressing room,” Frazee said. “All we have to do is bring it out.”
It’s almost a blessing to be able to play the top team in the first round because they are able to play them when they are fresh and strong. Teams often tire towards the end of the playoffs.
“When we get through this series it gets easier rather than harder,” Frazee said.
The series is a best of seven, but Frazee hopes it doesn’t last that long.
The Scotians will have to bring a strong forechecking game against Cumberland, Frazee said.
He’ll be putting Melvin Day in nets for the first game at least. Day was the goalie who gave the Scotians their win in the last game against the Blues.
Because the Blues have seen little of Day this year, it’s tougher for them to solve.
“He’s like our secret weapon,” Frazee said. “They have to figure him out. When you have them thinking about him that’s a positive.”