Blues salvage split of two-game homestand
In the thick of it
By Jody Jewers
SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Blues rebounded from a 5-1 loss Friday on home ice to the Sackville Blazers to edge the Strait Pirates 6-5 on Saturday in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action at Richard Calder Arena.
On Saturday, Cody Roach had a goal and three assists to lead the Blues, who led 3-0 after the first period but trailed 5-3 after two against Strait. Jesse Colborne, Cole Wood, Mark Rozak and Ryan Smith also scored for Cumberland, and Andrew Court made 29 saves to get the win in goal.
On Friday, the Blues fell behind 3-0 after 20 minutes to Sackville and couldn't recover. Smith netted Cumberland's lone goal, and Tyler Ferdinand stopped 24 shots in defeat.
Blues head coach Dave Hyatt said his club, the reigning provincial junior B champions, got a much-needed wake-up call.
"We're 3-1 so far this season, and we're lucky to be where we are," said Hyatt. "We gave up 10 goals in those two games, and that's just too much. We're not playing well defensively and we've got a lot of things we can work on.
"It's early, though, and we're not where we want to be as a team. Sometimes after you win a championship, you get a false sense of security, and Friday was a real eyeopener for us."
The Blues hit the road for their next two contests, Saturday against the St. Margarets Bay Ducks and a week from tonight versus the Blazers in Sackville.