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Blues coach Grove Sutton talks to his troops, including Amherst's Jesse Colborne (top) during practice at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill. Wednesday's storm forced the Blues to practice Thursday night. The Midget A Ramblers helped give them the much needed ice time before tonight's big game against the Antigonish Bulldogs.
SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Blues have to win them all, and the Antigonish Bulldogs have to lose them all.
"We're going out to win our last four games and whatever happens, happens," said Terry McManaman, Blues general manager. "The boys are positive. We've been playing good hockey down the stretch."
The Blues host the Bulldogs tonight at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
The Blues have 17 points in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Sid Rowe Division while the Bulldogs have 24 points. If the Blues win all their remaining games and the Bulldogs lose all their remaining games, the Blues will play in the playoffs against the Glace Bay Miners; If not, the Bulldogs will step up and play the Miners in the first round of the playoffs.
"Antigonish just has to tie a game and that will put them in the playoffs," said McManaman.
What will the Blues do to beat the Bulldogs tonight?
"The Bulldogs have a player, Fraser White, who has been tearing the league up, so they'll have a line on him," said McManaman. "They'll have a checking line on White, and if we can shut him down we'll have a good chance of winning."
The Blues were unable to practice during their regularly scheduled Wednesday night practice in Springhill, but thanks to the Midget A Ramblers were able to get a practice in last night.
"They worked on their special teams," said McManaman.
Another key to beating the Bulldogs is to stay out of the penalty box.
"Whoever stays out of the penalty box is going to win, so we have to be disciplined," said McManaman.
He think tonight's contest will be a low-scoring affair.
"Jessie Cox has been unbelievable in net for us. He's fighting a bad cold but we hope he'll be ready to go."
He also expects a lot of checking between the two teams.
"Antigonish is a typical Bulldog team. They never quit, and both teams don't like each other so there will be a lot of hitting going on," said McManaman. "We have every intention of winning both games this weekend and staying in the race."
Tonight’s game starts at 7:30 p.m.