Blues can come within one point of Bulldogs this weekend

Dave Mathieson
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The Cumberland County Blues play a home-and-home stand against the Antigonish Bulldogs beginning tonight at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill. 

SPRINGHILL - This weekend is a big one for the Cumberland County Blues.

"There's two teams fighting for that last playoff spot, and we're one of them." said Grove Sutton, Blues coach. "We could be coming home after Sunday night's game only one point back or it could go the other way but we have to start with Friday night."

The Blues are fighting with the Antigonish Bulldogs for the final playoff spot in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League's Sid Rowe Division.

"They have a good hockey team. Antigonish hockey is all about coming at you. They never quit," said Sutton. "We know they're going to come out hard but we have to be ready to go right from the drop of the puck.

"We can't take any shift off with this team," he added. "Like I tell the boys, we have to approach every game like it's Game 7 of the playoffs."

The Blues go into the game with a three-game winning streak.

"We had a real good practice Wednesday night," said Sutton. "Dmitrii (Anikin) wasn't there. He has a bit of the flu but he says he'll be playing Friday."

"We'll go out and take it shift by shift and give it all we got. That's all we can do," he added.

Sutton says Blues fans are taking notice of the Blues success.

“It looks like we’re getting more people in the stands. If you’re not winning the crowds are down but I’ve noticed the crowds are coming back a little bit.”

The Blues have nine more games left in the regular season, all against teams in their own division.

"We can't sit and watch the standings and worry about the other teams," said Sutton. "We have to take care of our own business."

The puck drops for tonight's game at 7:30 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.




Organizations: Cumberland County Blues, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Sid Rowe Division

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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