SPRINGHILL: The 2008 - 2009 Jr. B Hockey League campaign began for the Cool Blues last Friday night and the team hit the ground running.
600 pumped up fans filled the stands at the Richard Calder Arena to watch 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 Blue Coach Dave Hyatt said. "We were up 3-0 at 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 defense 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 a 3-0 lead after the first period 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 of the game.
Players getting assists against the Blazers were Jordie Shaw with two, David Burke with two, Justin Landry, Mark Rozak, Brad Smith, Cliff Mugford, and Justin Cortes.
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.
Mugford will not suit up for the game after being penalized for instigating in the final two minutes of the game.
The league is still looking at the possibility of suspending Roach for a game.
"His status is up in the air right now," Hyatt said.
After Friday's game against the Bay Ducks, the Cool Blues travel to Cape Breton on Saturday night to take on the Canadiens.
The puck drops for both games at 7:30 p.m.