Coming off 3-1 win in Port Hawkesbury
SPRINGHILL - There are no easy wins in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League this season.
That's the message Cumberland County Cool Blues coach Ron Reynolds is telling his players as they head to Brookfield tonight to face the Elks.
"I have never seen a Brookfield team that's easy to beat. They may not have the wins that other Brookfield teams have had, but they will work hard and they won't be easy to beat," Reynolds said. "It's going to be as hard to earn two points against them as against the top teams in the league. They're much better than their record shows."
Matt Noiles and Seth Crowe will sit out the final game of their two-game suspensions for their parts in a wild melee against Cape Breton last week while Andrew Brennan is still in Newfoundland for personal reasons. Marc Ouellette is back after a one-game ban while Kirk Kelly and Mark Rozak are away.
The Blues enter tonight's game coming off one of their best defensive efforts of the season Friday in Port Hawkesbury.
"It was one of those games that as a coach you can be very proud of," Reynolds said. "They stuck to the game plan and played a solid defensive game."
Missing several players due to suspensions and other reasons, the Blues took the lead early on Friday as Cody Firth scored 6:06 into the first period with Cody Roach and Travis Davis adding assists.
Before the period was over David Burke widened the gap to two goals with Nathan Lavigne and Ryan Kay adding helpers.
Burke would later be ejected for arguing a call and will sit out tonight's game in Brookfield.
Adam MacDonald made a big impression in his first game with the Blues scoring on the power play at 8:53 of the second period with Justin Cortes and Ryan Smith adding assists.
"The boys kept it simple. They didn't try to do anything fancy," Reynolds said, adding he was thrilled with the effort of several callups including forward Jordie Shaw. "When we did make mistakes, (Matt) Kimber was there to bail us out."
Former Blue and Rambler Shawn McManaman put the Pirates on the board late in the third period.
The Blues return home to face the Pictou County Scotians on Friday at the Richard Calder Arena. Game time is 7:30 p.m.