Penguins show why they won N.S. championship
Blues drop opener
SPRINGHILL - It's not the start the Cumberland County Cool Blues wanted to have dropping a 7-2 decision to the East Hants Penguins in the opening game of the Don Johnson Cup here last night.
Trevor MacKenzie scored four times for the Penguins, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and were up 4-1 after two.
"We took it to them and outplayed them and outchanced them, but they are the type of hockey club that takes advantage of their opportunities," Blues' coach Ron Reynolds said following the game. "The boys got nothing to be ashamed of."
The Blues will get another chance to get on the win column tonight when they face the New Brunswick representative from Madawaska at 8 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena.
Action begins at 12:30 p.m. with the Kensington Vipers meeting Madawaska while the Newfoundland and Labrador representatives, the Central Junior Cataracts play East Hants at 4:30 p.m.
"We have to get better goaltending if we're going to compete in this thing," Reynolds said. "Both Pat (O'Brien) and Chris (Ferneley) are capable goaltenders and they'll bounce back."
Patrick Sweeney had a goal and three assists for the Penguins, who have yet to lose in the post season, while Andy Chase had a goal and an assist. Scott Sack also had an assist.
Ryan Reynolds and Cody Roach replied for the Blues with Hughie McGuish, Matthew Noiles, Josh Smith and Nathan Lavigne adding assists.
Matt Bracegirdle was the difference early on for the Penguins turning aside a number of Blues scoring chances in the first and second period while East Hants chased O'Brien from the Blues' net after the second period.