Blues ice Blazers 7-2 at home opener

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SPRINGHILL - The team was pumped and so were the 600 fans who came out for the opening game of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League season for the Cumberland County Ross Refrigeration Cool Blues at the Richard Calder Arena on Friday night.
Fans watched their team rout the Sackville Blazers by a score of 7-2.
"It was a good start for us. The boys were keyed up and ready to go," Cool Blues coach Dave Hyatt said. "We were up 3-0 eight minutes into the game. We got off to a great start and it always makes the game easier to play when you start off at 3-0 like that."
Goaltender Justin Court also made the game easy for the Blues.
"We got great goaltending from Andrew," Hyatt said. "He might have got the shutout, but our defence got a little loose in the third and he had to make a few more quality saves than he probably should have had to."
The Blues took the early lead off goals from Seth Crowe, Ryan Smith and Mark Rozak.
After the second period, the Blues were up by 6-0 with goals coming from Cody Roach, Dave Burke and Seth Crowe. At 3:29 into the third the Blues went up 7-0 off a goal from Cody Sutton. Sackville's two goals came in the last two minutes.
The Blues next game is Friday night against St. Margaret's Bay.
"If we come with the same effort and the same kind of energy as we did against Sackville, I think we'll do fine," Hyatt said.
Clifford Mugford will not suit up for the game after being penalized for instigating in the final two minutes of the game. The league is looking at the possibility of suspending Roach for a game.
"His status is up in the air right now," Hyatt said last night.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Cumberland County Ross Refrigeration Cool Blues

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