By Jody Jewers
SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Blues are once again establishing themselves as the class of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.
Cumberland, which won its first NSJHL title in franchise history last season, has powered its way to the top of the league this year behind a relentless offensive attack. Last night, the Blues bounced the Cape Breton Molson Canadians 7-2 at Richard Calder Arena to push their winning streak to eight games and their record to a sterling 12-2-1-0.
In those eight wins, Cumberland has lit the lamp a staggering 60 times.
"I've got no complaints about that," said Blues head coach Dave Hyatt. "Our special teams have been very good, too.
"But the big thing for me is that we've kept our goals against down. That's a big issue with me and our guys have responded to the challenge."
Seth Crowe led the way last night with two goals and an assist, and Cody Roach picked up a goal and three helpers. Garrett MacArthur, Mark Rozak, Dave Burke and Jesse Colborne also scored for the winners. Tyler Ferdinand made 28 saves to get the victory in goal.
On Friday, Cumberland travelled to Lantz and downed the host East Hants Penguins 7-2. Ryan Smith had a hat trick and an assist, and Roach added two goals and two assists. Colborne and Aaron Morrison had the other goals. Ferdinand and Andrew Court split time in the Cumberland net, combining to stop 26 shots.
The Blues hit the road again this Friday, heading to Windsor for a 7:45 p.m., contest versus the Royals. Cumberland is at home to the Pictou County Scotians on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
By Jody Jewers