Blues sweep weekend in Cape Breton

Darrell Cole
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SPRINGHILL - Not only are the Cumberland County Cool Blues becoming the team to beat in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League early on, they're learning how to win by playing sound defence.

The Blues returned from Cape Breton late Saturday night after picking up four points in a pair of wins over the Strait Pirates and the Cape Breton Canadians, giving up just three goals in two games.

"It was a tremendous weekend for us. The boys deserved the four points, they played hard and made a commitment to playing sound defensive hockey," Blues' coach Ron Reynolds said. "Anytime you only give up three goals in two games you stand a good chance of winning."

Cody Roach, who scored a goal with the Weeks Crushers on Thursday in an overtime loss to Yarmouth, scored two goals and added an assist on Saturday as the Blues improved to 6-1 with a 4-2 win in Dominion against the Canadians.

Colin Feehan had a goal and two assists and Mark Rozak each scored once for the Blues, who were tied 1-1 after one period and led 3-2 after two, while Andrew Brennan, Travis Davis, Seth Crowe and Nathan Lavigne added assists.

John Carabin scored both goals for Cape Breton while Matt Kimber kicked out 20 shots for Cumberland County, who return to action on Friday at home against the Antigonish Bulldogs.

"Cape Breton has a good, young team. They're like we were three years ago and are going to be a good team in this league," Reynolds said. "They showed us that there are no two easy points anywhere in the league. You have to play hard for every win."

On Friday, Feehan had a goal and three assists to factor in all the scoring as the Blues defeated the Strait Pirates 4-1 in Port Hawkesbury.

Roach, Crowe and David Burke each scored once for the Blues, who led 1-0 after one period and 2-1 after two.

Marc Levangie scored for the Pirates.

Kimber was against string between the pipes for the Blues kicking out 34 of 35 shots faced.

"We've been preaching to these guys since the first of the year that they have to be strong in their own end," Reynolds said. "There are a lot of good goalies in this league, goalies with Junior A experience. You aren't going to win a lot of game when you have to score seven goals because you have given up four, five or six. To be successful, you can't give up more than one or two goals a game. We accomplished that this weekend and got a couple of wins."

Organizations: Cumberland County Cool Blues, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Yarmouth, Dominion Cumberland County Port Hawkesbury

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