By Dave Mathieson
AMHERST - After stumbling towards the finish line of the regular season, the Cumberland County Blues sprinted out of the starting blocks for the beginning of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff season by taking a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven quarterfinal series against the Pictou County Scotians.
The Blues registered a 5-2 victory over Scotians Sunday night in Trenton after beating them at home Thursday night by a score of 7-2.
In Trenton it was Seth Crowe leading the way for the Blues with two goals, with single goals going to Cody Roach, Jordie Shaw and Zach Carson. The Blues led 1-0 and 3-1 at the intermissions. Andrew Court was the winning goaltender. Cumberland outshot Pictou 39-28.
Blues forward Geoff Burke sat out with a slight concussion suffered in Thursday night's game but should be ready to return when Game 3 goes Friday night at Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
Thursday night the Blues dominated the Scotians in the first period by scoring three goals on sixteen shots, while allowing no goals on only two shots.
The Blues went up 7-0 in the second period before the Scotians made it a 7-1 game.
Leading the way for the Blues was Dave Burke and Zach Carson with two goals each, while single markers went to Ryan Smith, Jeff Deruelle and Jordie Shaw. Getting assists on the goals was Seth Crowe, Aaron Morrison and Justin Landry with two each, while Dave Burke, Shaw, Deruelle, Cody Roach, Ryan Oakley and Jared Wilson has single assists.
Not long after the Scotians first goal, Geoff Burke was hit behind the play and players were sent to the dressing room while medics attended to Burke and took him to the hospital on a stretcher.
While the players were in the dressing room the ice was flooded and the teams came out to finish the second period and immediately began to play the final frame.
The Scotians scored the only goal in the third and the game ended 7-2 for the Blues.
Andrew Court faced 22 shots in net for the Blues, while his teammates fired 42 shots at Melvin Day.
Game 3 is Friday, Mar. 5, at the Richard Calder Arena.
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.