Blues face biggest test of new season

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Host Pictou County tonight, in Antigonish on Sunday

SPRINGHILL - Three teams, all undefeated, and three days of head-to-head play.

The Cumberland County Cool Blues will face what will be their biggest test early in the season when they host the Pictou County Scotians in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill on Friday before travelling to Antigonish on Sunday to face the Bulldogs.

"One of us will still be undefeated when it's over and I'm hoping it will be us," Blues' coach Ron Reynolds said last night. "It will be a good measuring stick for us."

The Scotians are much improved over the Subway squad that finished out the playoffs last season. At 2-0, they have only allowed three goals and are a much better hockey club. Reynolds doesn't want his players to take them for granted knowing they success they had against them last year.

"Pictou is solid up front with a lot of returning players and they're solid between the pipes with Kody Cuvelier. It's not going to be easy," Reynolds said.

The Blues enter the weekend with a 3-0 record coming off a 7-6 win over the Strait Pirates last Friday in Springhill. In that game, Andrew Brennan and Colin Feehan each had two goals and two assists while Landon Crowe was solid between the pipes in his first start.

On Sunday, the Blues face an Antigonish squad that has not lost a game in regulation yet this year. The Bulldogs sit in first place in the Sid Rowe Division, one point ahead of Cumberland County.

"It will be the first game we've had a full lineup this year," he said, adding he expects Hugh McGuish to be back in the lineup while Matt Noiles is expected to play Friday.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Cool Blues, Pictou County Scotians, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Sid Rowe Division

Geographic location: Antigonish, SPRINGHILL, Cumberland County

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