Blues crown Royals at Richard Calder Arena
Put your back into it
By Dave Mathieson
SPRINGHILL - It was a wild, penalty filled night when the Cumberland County Blues played the Windsor Royals during Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the Richard Calder Arena.
But when the smoke cleared it was the Blues winning the game 7-2, with Blues captain Cody Roach scoring a hat trick.
"It was a good game for us," said Blues coach Dave Hyatt. "I thought we were good in all three zones and that's something we're working on, so we're pleased with the direction we're going."
Hyatt would have liked to see Blues goaltender Andrew Court get the shutout but said, "the referee kind of put us in harms way. We were shorthanded the last seven minutes."
Blues forward Dave Burke got into a fight with 7:30 left in the game and the Blues played the next seven minutes shorthanded and the Royals scored their two goals in the last five minutes of the game.
Burke got into the fight after he watched his brother Geoff get checked by two players at the same time, sending his helmet flying.
"I don't know what their game plan was coming in here tonight but young Davey Burke took a lot of cheap shots," said Hyatt. "For some reason he was tired of it and when his brother got hit he decided he was going to stick up for him. That's part of hockey.
"I'm proud the way our boys stuck up for each other out there," added Hyatt. "That's part of hockey and sometimes there's some stuff going on out there on the ice and you have to defend each other and I think we did a good job of that."
Geoff Burke said he was actually surprised his brother came to his defense like he did and was pleased with the entire team's performance.
"I thought we were all over them for pretty much the whole game," said Burke. "A couple little slips got us into penalty trouble but other than that I thought we played really well."
Scoring goals in the first period were Cody Roach, Dave Burke, Jesse Colborne, Dave Burke and Seth Crowe. Roach, who scored once in the second period and once in the third, scored the last two Blues goals.
Getting assists for the Blues were Crowe and Ryan Smith with two each and getting single assists were Roach, Murray Bavis, Justin Landry, Cole Wood, Geoff Burke and Jared Wilson.
Court faced 26 shots on the night while his teammates generated 33 shots on the opposing net.
34 penalties were dished out during the game, 16 of which went to the Blues.
The Blues will be away next Friday when they play the East Hants Penguins but they will return to the Richard Calder Arena on Sunday, Nov. 22, where they will host the Cape Breton Canadians. The game begins at 5 p.m.