Three goal second period sinks Blues 5-2
ANTIGONISH The Cumberland County Cool Blues impressive early season run hit a dead end Sunday in Antigonish.
The Antigonish Bulldogs took over sole possession of first place in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Leagues Sid Rowe Division and kept their unbeaten string alive with a 5-2 win over the Blues.
The Bulldogs scored three times in the second period to break open a 1-1 game and never looked back to hand the Blues their first loss of the season.
We played well enough to win, but we didnt, Blues coach Ron Reynolds said following the game. The effort was there. Usually when you out-shot a team 2-1 you win. Tonight, we didnt.
Alex Morrison was nearly perfect between the pipes for the Bulldogs, turning aside 34 shots and numerous quality scoring opportunities.
Nick Allard, Steve Sutherland, Brian Kennedy, James MacGillivray and Brent vanOirschot each scored once for the Bulldogs, who led 4-1 after two periods. Mark Rozak and Travis Davis replied for the Blues with Cody Roach picking up two assists and David Burke and Andrew Brennan each adding single helpers.
Its a tight league. We knew we werent going to win every game this season, Reynolds said. This is going to be a tough division.
Cumberland County returns to action on Friday when they travel to Port Hawkesbury to face the Strait Pirates. On Saturday, the club is in Sydney to face the Cape Breton Molson Canadians.
Besides losing to the Bulldogs, Cumberland County did manage a 7-3 win over the Pictou County Scotians on Friday.
Andrew Brennan scored two goals and added three assists for his second consecutive five-point game for the Blues while Cody Roach scored twice and added an assist for Cumberland County, who led 2-1 after one period and 4-2 after two. Defenceman Justin Cortes scored two third-period goals with David Burke adding a goal and an assist.
Colin Feehan with three, Ryan Smith with two and Seth Crowe, Mark Rozak and Shane OÕByrne with one each had assists.
Neil Pashoski, Gus Smith and Robbie Craig replied for the Scotians with Andrew Kirkendall, Jake Ryan, Derek MacLean and Stephen MacRae each adding assists.
Cumberland County outshot the Scotians 33-26.