Team will tighten up defense after proving strong offense
Give and take weekend for Cool Blues
SPRINGHILL: The Ross Refrigeration Cumberland County Cool Blues were singing the blues on their way home from Cape Breton on Saturday night after losing to the Canadiens 7-6.
In Glace Bay, the Blues were ahead 4-1 after the first period but couldn't hold on to the lead.
"I guess the best way to describe the weekend was we showed great signs on offense but on defense we have work to do," Cool Blue coach Dave Hyatt said. "If we're going to have success in this league, we're going to have to tighten our game up defensively and be more disciplined in the third period."
Friday in Springhill was an entirely different story.
The Blues had fits and starts against the Bay Ducks and by the end of the second period the score was tied 4-4.
But by the time the game was over the Blues won the game 9-4, scoring five unanswered goals in the third period.
Ryan Smith had a big weekend for the Blues by scoring four goals and marking up one assist.
Having a two-goal weekend for the Blues were Cody Roach, David Burke, Jordie Shaw and Ryan Kay, who scored two goals and had an assist against the Bay Ducks.
The Blues also had a lot of shots on goal this weekend.
Against the Bay Ducks they had 54 shots to the Ducks 29 and in Cape Breton they had 60 shots to the Canadiens 28.
Coach Hyatt will be preaching defense for the foreseeable future.
"Against the Canadiens we gave up a few quality chances that really cost us," Hyatt said. "It's not just our defence and it's not our goaltending, we need a commitment on defense from the entire team."
The Windsor Royals, who are the Don Johnson Cup defending champs, will visit the Richard Calder Arena Friday night.
"They are a younger team this year but they always field a contender," Hyatt said. "We'll have to play an entire 60 minutes of good defensive hockey against them."
The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.