Blues kick off season in high style

Sam McNeish
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Pipe nine goals in opening night victory

If Thursday night's season opener is a sign of things to come, Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey league opponents are in for a long season.

LANTZ (Staff) - If Thursday night's season opener is a sign of things to come, Nova Scotia Junior B Hockey league opponents are in for a long season.

The Cumberland County Cool Blues opened up their campaign with a huge 9-0 victory over defending champion East Hants Penguins.

"We pretty much dominated the game, the boys played that well,' head coach and general manager Ron Reynolds said.

"It's a nice feeling to get started this way. I guess we're not 0-14 anymore,' he added.

Seth Crowe paced the Blues with two goals while, Andrew Brennan, Cody Roach, Ryan Smith, Colin Feehan, David Burke, Shane OBryne and Hugh McCuish added one goal each for the Blues.

The first period was a scoreless period with the Blues out shooting the Penguins 21-14. 

The second period saw the Blues specialty teams come to life as they accounted for three of the four goals the Blues recorded for the period and out shot the Penguins 25-14.

The final period saw the Blues continue to pump pucks into the Penguins net as they fired another five unanswered goals.

At 7:38 of the third period frustrations started to show as three fights occured during one stoppage of play.

Matt Kimber earned the shutout kicking out all 38 shots he faced. Rookie Landon Crowe, a Springhill native got to share in the shutout in the third period when Kimber got thrown out of the game for being involved in the scrum at 7:38. Matt Bracegirdle took the loss for the Penguins kicking out 31 of the 38 shots he faced. Fraser Bailey came into the game at 7:38 to replace Bracegirdle who was also ejected from the game. Bailey stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced the rest of the way.

The Blues will be back in action tonight when they host the Windsor Royals in a 7:30 p.m. contest, the team's home opener for the season.

smcneish@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Cool Blues, Penguins

Geographic location: Springhill

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