By Dave Mathieson
SPRINGHILL - The Cumberland County Blues skate into the Christmas break with a fourteen game winning streak after they beat the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates 7-4 on Friday night and the Pictou County Scotians 4-1 on Saturday night during Nova Scotia Junior Hockey Action at the Richard Calder Arena in Springhill.
"I never saw that coming. We figured we were a competitive team but these guys have really jumped leaps and bounds over the course of the season," Blues coach Dave Hyatt said.
The Blues haven't let an opponent score a power play goal during the last seven games.
"Our power play has been really good and our penalty killing has been really good," Hyatt said. "People get caught up in the goals but it's just as important to keep them out of your net."
Hyatt wishes the playoffs were being played right now.
"When you're playing as well as they are now, you'd like to play as many games as you could but at the same time it's nice to get a two or three week break and let everybody re-charge the batteries," Hyatt said.
The team is the reigning NSJHL champions and Hyatt believes that experience will help the Blues in the long run.
"I'm impressed with our group because they're not getting ahead of themselves," Hyatt said. "Everybody's on an even keel and nobody's thinking they are better than their opponent."
Another motivator for the team is to look at the winning streaks in other hockey leagues around the Maritimes.
"You have the St. John Sea Dogs and they have a something like a 21 game streak going. Woodstock in the Junior A league has a 22 game winning streak going and UNB in college hockey is 15-0 at the Christmas break," Hyatt said. "We've challenged our kids to try to keep our streak going longer on the calendar than the other three teams that have a streak going."
Of course the streak means nothing if the Blues don't do well after the break.
"We had a team meeting at the end of Saturday night's game and we said we'll be in a good position for the playoffs but everybody knows we still have a long way to go," Hyatt said. "We're sitting a top the league but we haven't accomplished anything yet."
By Dave Mathieson
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