Full game required to be successful
Blues learn valuable lesson against Antigonish
SPRINGHILL - A disastrous second period was too much to overcome as the Cumberland County Cool Blues dropped a 5-4 decision to the Antigonish Bulldogs in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action here Friday.
"I think we only played half the game and you can't win junior hockey games when you do that," Blues' coach Ron Reynolds said. "It's disappointing to lose that way, but in reality we're still 6-2 and if you're going to have a game like that it's best that it's happening now."
After Hugh McGuish and Mark Rozak scored to give the Blues a 2-0 after the first period, the Bulldogs took advantage of some poor defensive play and a couple of bad penalties late in the second to score four times.
Antigonish added another power play goal early in the third period before Cody Firth and Colin Feehan scored late in the third period to make it interesting.
Matt Steele scored two goals for Antigonish in the win with Brendan MacDonald, Brent vanOirschot and Gus Smith each scoring once.
Rozak, Justin Cortes, Ryan Smith, Cody Roach Kirk Kelly each added assists for the Blues, who return to action on Friday night when they host the Cape Breton Canadians at the Richard Calder Arena at 7:30 p.m.
Antigonish outshot the Blues 28-23 with Bulldog goalie Dan Axford outduelling Cumberland County's Matt Kimber.
The win allowed the Bulldogs to widen their first-place lead over the Blues to three points.
Despite the loss, Reynolds is not about to press than panic button.
"Hopefully we learned a few lessons from that game. In order to be one of the top teams in the league you have to play a full 60 minutes," Reynolds said. "Credit to Antigonish, though. They have a good hockey team there and I can see us developing a healthy rivalry with them over the season."