Blues are on the move
SPRINGHILL: In what might be called the perfect storm, Jr. B opponents are now scrambling to avoid crashing upon the Cool Blues iceberg that has risen to the surface of the Jr. B. Hockey League.
The last two teams to capsize upon that iceberg were the Strait Pirates and the East Hants Penguins.
"We have a very well balanced squad when it comes to skill, speed and grit," Cumberland County Cool Blues coach Ron Reynolds said.
The Strait Pirates found that out the hard way on Sunday night.
It was a penalty filled game that saw the Cool Blues skate away with a 6-1 victory.
"I didn't like what Port Hawkesbury did. I don't know why they came in and played that style of hockey," Reynolds said. "They were very undisciplined, but it worked in our favour. Hopefully teams will come in now and want to play hockey and don't get into that crazy stuff."
The craziness included a massive build up of penalty minutes in the second period and, close to the end of the game, shenanigans that threatened to spill out into the crowd, making both police and security a little jumpy.
Reynolds takes the on and off-ice activity in stride.
"The fans pay their money to come watch the game," Reynolds said. "Hockey is an entertaining game and the fans like to holler and scream and say stuff and the players have to expect that.
"If it wasn't for the fans we wouldn't have this great game," Reynolds added. "Our fans are what's made the franchise what it is. We have the best fans in the league. Every other team in the league would love to have our fans."
The Blues cheering section will be pumped up at full throttle when the Penguins come to town Friday night.
"It will be a great game for the fans to come and watch, it will be one of the better games you can see," Reynolds said. "We won two in their barn and they won one in ours."
Reynolds has respect for the Penguins and for Trevor MacKenzie, the leagues top point getter.
"He's a great two-way hockey player, with a tremendous offensive game. We just try to play him skill against skill," Reynolds said. "He's a player any team would like to have."
The Blues acquired a new player themselves last Thursday, former Miramichi Timberwolve Julian Rousselle.
He strapped on the skates against the Pirates.
"He looked solid, he threw some good hits," Reynolds said. "He won his battles in the corner and along the wall and that's what we want. He's going to be a really good addition for us."
The Cool Blues face off against the East Hants Penguins on Friday, Jan 25, at the Richard Calder Arena.
Then on Sunday they travel to Windsor to take on the Royals.
Their next game after that will be a re-match against the Strait Pirates on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Richard Calder Arena.