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Blues lost two to the Miners over the weekend. They're back at the Richard Calder Arena Friday to host the Scotians.
SPRINGHILL – After winning five games in a row, the Cumberland County Blues were unable to make any headway in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League standings over the weekend, losing two games to the Glace Bay Jr. Miners.
The Blues played the Miners Friday, losing 5-4, and lost 3-1 on Saturday. Both games were at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
On Friday, the Miners were up on the Blues 2-0 midway through the first period when the Blues Ryan Crowe scored on a power play with seven minutes left in the frame. Dmitrii Anikin and Zach Anderson assisted on the goal.
The Blues went up 3-2 early in the second period on two quick power play goals.
Jesse Colborne scored two minutes into the frame with assists from Brett Pendergast and Shane Harnish, and then Kyle MacDonald scored off an assist from Blues goaltender Jesse Cox.
The Blues held the 3-2 lead until there was 1:43 left in the second. That’s when the Miners scored three goals in quick succession.
Drew Wilcox scored with 1:43 left in the period, Sean Ferguson scored with 1:04 left in the period, and Lincoln Bradley scored with 34 seconds left in the period.
Down 5-3, the Blues scored their final goal with 7:37 left in third. Anderson and Shawn Wright assisted on the goal.
Cox stopped 25 of 30 shots on the night for the Blues, while his teammates had 23 shots on Miners goaltender faced 23 shots.
Cox faced many more shots on Saturday, as the Blues were outshot 47-15. Despite the lopsided shot clock, the Blues lost by only two goals.
Shawn Wright scored the Blues lone goal, with assists from Anikin and Colborne.
Wright scored the first goal of the game with just under 11 minutes left in the first period, and the Miners tied the game 1-1 with seven seconds left in the frame.
The Miners scored one goal in the second period, and one goal in the third period.
With the two losses the Blues have 15 points, six points behind the Antigonish Bulldogs in the fight for the final playoff spot in the Sid Rowe Division.
The Blues have five more regular season games, all against division rivals.
On Friday they’re back at home where they face off against the Pictou County Scotians. The following Friday they host the Bulldogs, and then travel to Pictou on Sunday to play the Scotians.
The final weekend of the regular season sees the Blues at home Feb. 14, against the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates, and then they play their last game of the regular season Feb. 16, in Port Hawkesbury.
The Bulldogs have seven more games to play in the regular season. They host the Pirates Wednesday and the Miners Friday.
They are then on the road Feb. 1 to play the St. Margaret’s Bay Ducks, and then in Springhill Feb. 7.
The Bulldogs return home Feb. 9 and Feb. 14, to play the Valley Maple Leafs and the Scotians respectively, and then they wrap up their regular season schedule on the road Feb. 15, against the Miners.