Blues go into Christmas break on high note

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Published on December 23, 2013

Dmitrii Anikin with the puck.

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Sullivan Cullen keeps his eye on the puck.

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Jonathan Tattrie with the puck. Tattrie scores a hat trick and added one assist.

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Tattrie gets dragged down in front of the Elks goal and Shawn Wright comes in to lend a hand.

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Shawn Wright with the puck.

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Mackenzie Young with the puck

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A Blues player gets sandwiched between two Elks.

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Wright didn't like what he saw and came in to help.

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Jesse Colborne scored two goals and four assists Friday against the Brookfield Elks.

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Jesse Colborne scored on this shot in the shootout.

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Jonathan Tattrie was stopped by the Elks goalie...

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And so was Shane Harnish...

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But Steven Whittle scored and celebrated the shootout goal with his teammates while the referee looked on.

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Blues goaltender Jesse Cox stopped the last shootout attempt by the Elks and the Blues leaped over the board in celebration.

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The Blues swarm Cox and then go to the dressing room to celebrate the win.

Colborne notches six points, Tattrie scores hat trick

SPRINGHILL – Christmas came early for the Cumberland County Blues Friday night in Springhill.

“It’s a big Christmas present for us,” said Blues head coach Grove Sutton after Friday’s 8-7 shootout win over the Brookfield Elks. “We really needed that two points tonight to get this second half started off.”

The win ended a 15 game losing skid for the Blues, and was their third win of the season.

After the win, music was blaring from the dressing room and the Blues were celebrating.

“They’re very excited,” said Sutton outside the dressing room.

Jonathan Tattrie scored a hat trick and one assist, and Jesse Colborne scored two goals and had four assists.

Shawn Wright and Dmitrii Anikin scored one goal each.

Anikin drew a penalty late in the third period after he was checked from behind into the end-boards behind the Elks goaltender. He spent the rest of the game on the bench.

“He’s seeing stars right now,” said Sutton after the game. “He’s going to get checked out.”

Adding single assists was Drew McNutt, Jesse Magarvey, Mackenzie Young and Jessie Cox.

Cox faced 30 shots in goal and his teammates had 32 shots on Brookfield goaltender Kinnon MacMillan.

One of the final Elks goals went off a Blues player ‘s leg and into the net, while one of the goals in the shootout went high in the air and came down over Cox’s shoulder and into the net.

“Cox came up big when he had to but I’m sure there were a couple goals he’d like to have back,” said Sutton. “He’s faced a lot of rubber in the first half of the season, so this win is a big confidence builder for him.”

With the win the Blues have seven points, which leaves them six points behind the Antigonish Bulldogs, who currently hold the last playoff position in the Sid Rowe Division.

“We’re only three or four games out of this, and once we get everybody back and reinforce our blue line we’ll give Antigonish a good run for that last playoff spot,” said Sutton.

The Bullldogs have 13 points, Port Hawkesbury has 24 points and Pictou County has 22.

“Pictou is getting stronger and stronger. They seem to have Port Hawkesbury’s number right now,” said Sutton. “We have to make sure when we play Antigonish that we steal some points off of them, and steal some points off Pictou and Port Hawkesbury.”

The Blues play seven games in January, all of which are against Sid Rowe Division rivals, beginning Jan. 5, when they travel to Antigonish to play the Bulldogs.

They have three games against Antigonish in January, two against the Scotians, and two against the league leading Glace Bay Miners.

“Glace Bay is coming in here for a double header (Jan. 24-25),” said Sutton. “We’ve taken Glace Bay to overtime, so we know we can compete with these teams.”

Sutton said keeping the team positive will be the main focus in the New Year.

“That’s a big chore sometimes when you get into a losing streak Once you get into that spin it’s hard to get out of, but now they know they can win a game, so hopefully this win is a big confidence builder for us,” said Sutton.

Sutton thanked fans for their patience and loyalty.

“We have a lot of loyal fans that show up whether we win or lose, so we certainly appreciate that,” said Sutton. “We didn’t have a good start to the season but the fans have been there for us. The crowd is down but hopefully it will start coming up to where it was a few years ago.”

 

 

Organizations: Cumberland County Blues, Sid Rowe Division

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Antigonish, Port Hawkesbury Glace Bay Pictou County

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