Shaw, Burke, Noiles named to NSJHL All-star team

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Blues may be down but not from ready to be counted out

Jordie Shaw takes a face off against the Pirates.

SPRINGHILL – Cumberland County Blues captain Jordie Shaw, along with teammates Geoff Burke and Matt Noiles, have been named to the all-star team for the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Leagues Sid Rowe.

“It feels good (to be recognized) after four long years of hard work in the league,” said Shaw. “It seems it finally paid off.”

He credits his teammates for his success, and congratulates Burke and Noiles for making the all-star team.

“Geoff and me have played on the same line for a long time, so we help each other out a lot, and Noiles has been here for five or six years and he deserves every bit of recognition he gets.”

Shaw finished the regular season with the most goals and the most points in the NSJHL.

 “I think I played good late in the season last year and I carried that over through the summer by training, and I applied it this year and it worked out,” said Shaw.

Although the Blues lost the first two games of their NSJHL best-of-seven, first round series against the Pirates and are down 2-0 in the series, Shaw says it’s important to focus on the positives.

“You have to have a short memory in the playoffs,” he said. “You play almost every second night and you have to focus on the positives.”

Shaw admits the team has struggled this year more than in past years but is far from ready to surrender the 2011-2012 season to the Pirates, who beat them 7-0 in Game-2 Friday in Port Hawkesbury.

“You can’t keep your head down about the last game, you have to keep moving forward,” said Shaw.

Game-3 is Wednesday night in Springhill.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Leagues Sid Rowe

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Port Hawkesbury

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