Lose trio to suspension after first-period melee
SPRINGHILL - Colin Feehan continues to pay huge dividends for the Cumberland County Cool Blues.
Feehan, who played two seasons with the Amherst Ramblers before joining the Blues several weeks ago, scored three times Friday as the Blues thumped the Cape Breton Canadians 11-3 in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action in Springhill.
"We converted on our opportunities early and that was the difference," Blues' coach Ron Reynolds said. "It was a good effort and a chance for some of the other guys to step up and show us they can contribute as well."
Mark Rozak added two goals for the Blues, who led 4-2 after the first period and 9-2 after two, while Cody Firth chipped in with a goal and two assists. David Burke, Ryan Smith, Travis Davis and Seth Crowe each had a goal and an assist while Ryan Kay scored once and Justin Cortes, Cody Roach, Nathan Lavigne and Shane O'Byrne each had assists.
Brian Gilfoy, Steve Coleman and Matt Dowie replied for Cape Breton, who kept the Blues to four goals two weeks ago in a 4-2 loss.
The Blues out shot the Canadians 30-23.
The game included a wild melee in the first period when Roach was checked from behind with no penalty call. Teammates Feehan, Seth Crowe and Matt Noiles came to his defence and several fights broke out.
When the dust settled, referee Lloyd Smith assessed six fighting majors and four game misconducts. Roach was injured on the play and did not return, but Reynolds expects him to be in the lineup on Friday when the Blues travel to Port Hawkesbury to play the Strait Pirates.
Crowe and Noiles have both received two-game suspensions while Marc Ouellette, who was given a game misconduct later in the first period, received a one-game ban.
"We've noticed the last few games that other teams are starting to take liberties with some of our more skilled players," Reynolds said. "Fighting is not something you want to see a lot of but it's nice to see some of the guys stick up for each other."
In other Blues news, Adam MacDonald has signed with the club after starting the season with the Amherst Ramblers. The 17-year-old Amherst native saw his icetime decline after the Ramblers picked up Brent Lynch and Lee Denny in two separate trades.