Blues vanquish Vipers

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Two teams meet in Saturday's semifinal

Blues vanquish Vipers

By Darrell Cole

Amherst Daily News

SPRINGHILL - Going into the Don Johnson Cup, Cumberland County Cool Blues coach Ron Reynolds was worried about his club's ability to finish around the net.

He doesn't have to worry any longer following a convincing 8-2 win over the Kensington Vipers in action at the Atlantic Junior B hockey championship here Friday.

Joel Stronge scored two goals and assisted on another as the Blues jumped out to a 2-0 after one period and were up 4-2 after two.

"We did what we wanted to do and that's get the second seed," Reynolds said. "We've got to play them again tomorrow and we know they're going to be tougher but we're up for the challenge.

Josh Hill, who earned player of the game honours for the Blues, earned his first points of the season, scoring once and assisting on another. Mark Rozak and Cody Roach also had a goal and an assist apiece while Travis O'Neal, Justin Cortes and Cody Firth scored once.

Jordan Bragg with two and Luc Melanson, Hugh McGuish and Doug Bannister with one each added assists.

Mark Paynter and Cory Conway replied for the Vipers.

The two teams meet again Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in one of two semifinals. The East Hants Penguins and the Central Junior Cataracts meet in the other semi. The final is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena.

In other action from Friday, the Penguins defeated Kensington 6-5 in overtime while the Cataracts earned fourth spot with a win over Les 506 des Madawaska.

Organizations: Daily News, Don Johnson, Cumberland County Cool Blues Penguins

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