Blues chance of making playoffs comes closer to reality
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Blues coach Grove Sutton (left) and assistant coach Paul Atkinson talk to their team at practice about the importance of coming to games 100 per cent prepared in both body and mind.
ANTIGONISH – The Cumberland County Blues accomplished what they set out to do this weekend.
On Thursday, Blues head coach Grove Sutton said their plan was to win both games of their home-and-home stand against the Antigonish Bulldogs and that’s exactly what they did.
The two wins draw them to within one point of the Bulldogs for the final playoff spot in the Sid Rowe Division. The Blues have 15 points to the Bulldogs 16 points.
The Blues beat the Bulldogs 6-4 Friday night in Springhill, and then beat them 5-3 Sunday night in Antigonish.
Dmitrii Anikin led the Blues on Sunday with one goal and two assists, while Zach Black had one goal and one assist.
Jesse Colborne, Ryan Crowe and Zachery Anderson also scored for the Blues, while Drew McNutt and Shane Harnish added one assist each.
The Blues outshot the Bulldogs 27-26.
Colborne led the Blues in their 6-4 win on Friday.
Colborne scored two goals, and Crowe, Anikin, Jonathan Tattrie and Kyle MacDonald scored one goal each.
Steven Whittle and Harnish had two assists each, with Tattrie, McNutt, Brett Pendergast, Shawn Wright and Zach Haley getting one assist each.
The Blues outshot the Bulldogs 30-28.
With Sunday’s win, the Blues have won five games in a row.
They haven’t lost a game since Dec. 14, a 10-2 loss to the Eastern Shore Mariners.
They will be looking to make it six in a row when they host the first games of two at home against the league leading Glace Bay Miners.
The Blues host the Miners Friday at 7:30 p.m., and then again on Saturday at 2 p.m.