Blues begin title defence with pair of victories

Jody Jewers
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SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Blues have picked up where they left off last season in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
The Blues opened defence of the first provincial junior B crown in franchise history with wins of 2-1 on Friday in Port Hawkesbury against the Strait Pirates, and 9-3 on home ice against the Cape Breton Molson Canadians last night.
"We've got some injuries and some guys are sick with the flu, so to come out of the first weekend with two wins is great," said Blues head coach Dave Hyatt.
"We're still not sharp and there's plenty of things to work on, but it's a long season and the goal is to keep improving as we go."
Last night, Cody Roach, Matt Noiles and Ryan Smith netted a pair of goals apiece for the Blues, with singles to Jesse Colborne, Dave Burke and Jordie Shaw.
Andrew Court stopped 20 shots to pick up the win in goal.
On Friday, the Blues team bus broke down en route to Port Hawkesbury, and the Cumberland squad didn't arrive at the rink until just before 9 p.m., for a scheduled 7:30 p.m., start.
Matt Noiles and Dave Burke had the goals for the winners. Andrew Court made 27 saves in the Cumberland net.
Burke is hoping forwards Jake Woods and Jared Wilson, and defenceman Brendan Grimes, all out with injuries for the first weekend, will be ready in time for their next game Friday at home to the Sackville Blazers at 7:30 p.m.
The Blues host Strait the following night, also at 7:30.

Organizations: Cumberland, Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Port Hawkesbury

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  • Amy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    What a game it was..It was a good game but it was not 9 to 3 it was 8 to 3...hope they do just as good as they did lastnight in all the games they play....good luck boys...GO BLUES GO!!!!!