Blues avoid collapse with OT win over Antigonish

Darrell Cole
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In Lower Sackville tonight

SPRINGHILL - What could have gone down in the books as a huge collapse ended on a brighter note as the Cumberland County Cool Blues defeated the Antigonish Bulldogs 4-3 in overtime in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action.
"For 53 minutes we were picture perfect," Blues' assistant coach Dave Hyatt said last night. "We talked about playing strong defence and the guys did that, but the momentum shifted when they got that one goal. Hopefully the boys will learn from it and will be better next time we play them."
Nathan Lavigne scored as time was running out in the extra frame to give the Blues the lead with Cody Roach and Colin Feehan adding assists.
The Blues led 3-0 midway through the third period when the Bulldogs scored three times in a three-minute span. Matt Steele, Nick Allard and Neil Gillis all beat Blues' goalie Matt Kimber to force overtime.
"It's the first time we beat them this year. The good thing is we didn't panic. Even though they had the momentum, everyone was pretty confident we were going to win and the boys got the job done at the buzzer," Hyatt said.
The win pulled the Blues to within two points of first place Antigonish in the Sid Rowe Division.
Feehan, Mark Rozak and Hughie McGuish scored for the Blues in regulation with Roach adding two assists and Feehan, Ryan Smith, Seth Crowe and Marc Ouellette adding single assists.
Antigonish outshot the Blues 36-32.
The Blues were supposed to play in Trenton last night against the Pictou County Scotians but the game was cancelled due to problems with the compressor at the arena. Instead, The Blues head to Lower Sackville tonight to face the Blazers at 7:30 p.m. and are home Friday against the East Hants Penguins in a rematch of last year's Atlantic final.

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

Geographic location: Antigonish, Sackville, Trenton

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