Blues not ready to sing the blues

Dave Mathieson
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Blues play Friday night in Springhill

The Cumberland County Blues run through skating drills during Wednesday night practice at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.

AMHERST – With only two wins in 14 games the Cumberland County Blues have every reason in the world to feel blue, but that’s not the case.

“The attitude is changing and spirits in the dressing room are pretty high,” said Grove Sutton, Blues head coach. “Even though we lost two games in Cape Breton last weekend a lot of positives came out of the road trip. The boys got away and got together a little bit.”

The Blues lost 9-4 to the Glace Bay Miners on Sunday, and 6-0 on Saturday.

They have a Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League rematch with the Miners tonight at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.

“We’ll have a full bench, which is something we haven’t had since the start of the year, so we should have some fresh legs out there,” said Sutton, who also says several of his players are starting to turn their game around.

“Jesse Colborne had a really good weekend for us and he’s coming around, and (defenceman John) Welch had a good weekend for us and we have a couple other guys playing better.”

Colborne leads the Blues with 13 points – five goals and eight assists, followed by fellow Amherst resident Zach Black, who has nine points – seven goals and two assists.

Glace Bay is atop the NSJHL standings with 23 points, while the Blues are in the basement with four points.

“We’re only three points out of a playoff position, so we’re going to keep chipping away one game at a time,” said Sutton.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.







Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Cumberland County Blues

Geographic location: AMHERST, Glace Bay, Cape Breton Springhill

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