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Amherst's Jesse Colborne runs through a drill during a Wednesday night Blues practice session.
SPRINGHILL – The Cumberland County Blues lost their first game of the season 2-0 to the East Hants Penguins, and tonight they get a chance at payback.
“The plan is to play strong defensively and move our feet all the time. If we do that I think we’ll have a favourable outcome,” said Blues coach Rob McLure.
The Blues are coming off a 4-3 win over the Brookfield Elks, putting them at 1-2-0 on the season.
The Blues were up 3-1 against the Elks on Tuesday but the Elks tied the game 3-3 in the second period.
“For 60 percent of the game I’d give our players an A-plus for effort, for the remainder they sort of forgot what they were up to and I think that may have to do with conditioning. When you get tired your brain doesn’t function as well,” said McLure.
McLure said the Blues plan to play quick, smart hockey, and more players on the team are catching up to the faster tempo.
“The attitude of the team is wonderful,” said McLure. “It’s the best I’ve seen from this club for a while. These guys want to work hard.”
The Blues expect players with Junior A experience to arrive within the next two or three weeks.
“Our strategy right now is to take the team we have and take it as far as we can knowing we’re going to have more players coming in the next couple of weeks,” said McLure. “Once we have our team playing to the level and style we want, when we add those new players, we’re really adding them instead of filling holes.”
Jesse Colborne is the only player on the team that remains from the Blues team that won the Don Johnson Cup in 2010.
Colborne had two assists in the win against Brookfield.
“Jesse’s last game was outstanding. He was the Jesse Colborne of old,” said McLure. “Jesse had Paul Gulliver and Steven Whittle on that line. That line is on fire. They complimented one another really well.”
Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.