In Port Hawkesbury tonight
SPRINGHILL - After being brought back to earth last Sunday in Antigonish, the Cumberland County Cool Blues head out on the road this weekend in hopes of not only returning to the win column, but doing a little team building at the same time.
The Blues are in Port Hawkesbury tonight to face the Strait Pirates before traveling to Dominion (near Sydney) to face the Cape Breton Canadians, who returned to the league this season after a one-year absence.
"We'd love nothing better than to return home with four points, or at least three, but almost as important will be doing some team building over the weekend," Blues coach Ron Reynolds said last night. "It's our first overnight road trip of the season and we're looking forward to the players getting to know each other a little better."
Reynolds feels it should also provide a good opportunity to see how the team plays on back to back nights.
"Everyone's going to get a chance to play and hopefully everyone will step it up a bit to get back on a winning track," he said. "If we commit ourselves to playing 60 minutes of hockey we should do OK."
The Blues are in the midst of the best start in their team's short history and were undefeated before losing to the Antigonish Bulldogs.
One of the team's victories was against the Pirates in Springhill and while happy with the win, Reynolds was concerned with the lack of defence in a high-scoring 7-6 game.
"The first 10 minutes of that game will be important. If we play a good, aggressive defensive game we should have a good game. We don't want to get into a game in which the last goal wins," Reynolds said.
The Blues are not about to take the Canadians lightly, either. While the Dominion-based club is at the bottom of the divisional standings, Reynolds said the Canadians have shown steady improvement from the first of the season and will be playing on home ice.
"The big thing there will be to stay disciplined and stay out of the penalty box," he said. "The guys are going to have to skate away from things and not get sucked into bad penalties. That goes for Strait as well."
The Blues return home to face Antigonish next Friday at the Richard Calder Arena at 7:30 p.m.