Those who feared the Cool Blues might not make it through the first round of the playoffs can now get a good nights sleep as the Blues defeated the Pictou County Scotians by a score of 5-2 on Monday night and will now go on to play the Antigonish Bulldogs in the Sid Rowe Division Finals.
Cool Blues shut down Scotians
SPRINGHILL: Those who feared the Cool Blues might not make it through the first round of the playoffs can now get a good nights sleep as the Blues defeated the Pictou County Scotians by a score of 5-2 on Monday night and will now go on to play the Antigonish Bulldogs in the Sid Rowe Division Finals.
In their best of seven series against Pictou, the Cool Blues took the first two games, the Scotians took the second two and the Blues took the last two, thereby winning the series 4-2.
"I can't say how proud of the boys I am right now," Assistant Coach Dave Hyatt said after Monday's win. "The boys battled a lot of adversity in this series and they held strong and got better as the series went on."
Ryan Kay scored two goals for the Blues Monday night, one of which was an empty netter, with single goals going to Julien Rousselle, Matt Carroll and Ryan Smith.
Mark Rozak had two assists with single assists coming from Hughie McCuish, Nathan Lavigne and Cody Firth.
Matt Kimber had 29 saves on the night, with shots on goal 37-31 in favour of the Blues.
The series against Antigonish is not expected to be a cakewalk.
"Antigonish has a hard working team," Hyatt said. "They don't have the one superstar player you look to shut down, they have four lines that work hard and their goaltender played very good in their series against the Pirates."
During their regular season series against the Bulldogs, the Blues came out with three wins, two losses and one overtime loss.
As of press time it was almost established by Blues management that the best of seven series against Antigonish would begin Friday night at the Richard Calder Arena and move down to Antigonish on Sunday.
The winner of that series will go on to play the winner of the Fred Fox Division final, where it's the East Hants Penguins against the Windsor Royals.
Their series began Monday night in Lantz where the Royals drew first blood with 5-2 a win over the Penguins.