Tough stuff: Crossfire goaltender Carly Jackson makes a big save off of a shot from Riverview in the Central Atom League. The Amherst Chrysler Crossfires defeated the team out of New Brunswick by a score of 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at Richard Calder Arena. Mackenzie Colford had two shorthanded goals, one of which was when they were two players short. Brady Colburne had the other Crossfire goal.
Springhill - SPRINGHILL: When Seth Crowe joined the Cool Blues as a freshman in 2006, fans and teammates alike saw great potential in the young 17-year old.
Now in his sophomore season with the Blues, the Springhiller has met all expectations, growing to become a major contributor to one of the best teams in Nova Scotia Jr. B hockey.
"He's a great young man. He's the type of player you want to have on your team for years to come," said Cool Blue Coach Ron Reynolds. "As a team we're becoming a big family, and it's because of players like Seth that we're able to do that."
Night in and night out the 19-year old Crowe exhibits strong teamwork and a steady skill set.
"Passing is the best part of my game," Crowe said. "I look for others on the ice and try to make the best play I can."
Is there an aspect of his game he needs to work on?
Crowe, who during the interview answered questions in rapid-fire succession, hesitated for a few seconds and said, "Maybe I could work on being more aggressive."
Anyone who has seen Crowe jogging through the streets of Springhill can attest to his determination to improve.
"He has great off-ice habits," said Reynolds. "He goes to the gym, he runs a lot and he's always in great shape. Because his off-ice habits aren't a hindrance to him, I expect as he gets older and his body matures more and more, he can't get anything but better."
Reynolds also has nothing but praise for Crowe's parents and wishes all hockey parents were like his.
"Some players have parents who bog down their kids hockey careers once they get to Jr. hockey," said Reynolds. "But Seth's parents are great. His father played the game and played it well, he's been a steady influence.
Reynolds said that, "Seth's dad was a good athlete and his mom's side of the family is athletic as well. So there's probably a genetic factor that comes into play."
When asked about his father, Crowe said, "He's been a big influence on my game. He's always been there cheering me on."
And Crowe has nothing but praise for Reynolds.
"He's a good guy and a good coach," said Crowe. "He knows the game and he knows what he's doing."
Crowe also has great respect for teammates Hughie McCuish and Justin Cortes.
"I like the way they show leadership and I like the way they play the game," Crowe says.
Crowe, who started playing hockey when he was three and a half years old, says he's not sure where his hockey career will lead him. But if Reynolds has his way Crowe will be with the Cool Blues for a while yet.
"Seth has a lot of desire and his game will keep growing as long as he wants it to," said Reynolds. "I know as the playoffs approach he'll step up and he'll be one of the leaders on this team and, in another year or so, he'll be one of the top players in the league."