Blues sweep weekend set from Miners, up win streak to 19

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By?Dave Mathieson
The Record
SPRINGHILL - It was a predictable result when first played worst in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League on the weekend.
The Cumberland County Blues played the Glace Bay Miners three times in three days and won 10-2, 11-1 and 7-4 to make it 19 straight victories for the reigning NSJHL champs.
"We're trying to do something at the top of the league and they're trying to do something at the bottom," Blues coach Dave Hyatt said. "They recently moved their best forward, their best defenceman and their best goaltender, so that's going to hurt any team but they're trying to improve their team for next year."
Scoring for the Blues in yesterday's 7-4 victory at Richard Calder Arena were Ryan Smith, with two, and Seth Crowe, Matt Noiles, Jared Wilson, Cole Wood and Alex McKinnon with singles.
Lighting the lamp in Saturday's 11-1 win at Richard Calder Arena were Aaron Morrison with three, Seth Crowe with two, Zach Carson, Cody Roach, Jordie Shaw, Cody Sutton, Noiles and Travis LeBlanc.
In Friday's 10-2 triumph at Amherst Stadium, Smith and Shaw each scored twice, and Carson, Wilson, Jesse Colborne, Dave Burke, Roach and Morrison once.
Carson, recently acquired from the junior A Amherst Ramblers, has been on fire since joining the Blues, racking up six goals and 14 assists in just five games.
Hyatt said these games allowed him to switch up the line combinations and work on a lot of other things, but conceded his team could develop some bad habits.
"It's going to be tough to get them to focus again," Hyatt said. "We're going to have a good couple of practices this week because we're going to be on the road in Port Haweksbury next Friday and they have a really good team."
Burke was hurt during Friday's game.
"He has a dislocated collarbone and he's going to be out approximately three weeks,"?Hyatt said. "Murray Bavis has a strained ligament in his knee and he's going to be out for about two weeks, and Brendan Grimes has a groin pull and we're going to rest him for a couple of weeks."
The weekend allowed the Blues to play a lot of affiliated players as well.
"It was a good opportunity for a lot of these guys to get in a game of junior B hockey," Hyatt said. "These guys have gone out of their way to help us this season, and it's nice to have the support of the other teams in Cumberland County."
The Blues have clinched first place in the Sid Rowe Division and are six points up on the St. Margarets Bay Ducks for first overall.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League, Cumberland County Blues, Sid Rowe Division

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL, Glace Bay, Amherst Stadium Port Haweksbury Cumberland County

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