The Cumberland County Blues celebrate winning the first game of the NSJHL provincial championship against the St. Margaret's Bay Ducks. The Blues swept the series 4-0 and will next play in at the Don Johnson Cup, which will be hosted by St. Margaret's Bay from April 20-25.
By Dave Mathieson
UPPER TANTALLON - The Cumberland County Blues are the 2009-10 Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League champions after a 2-1 win over the St. Margarets Bay Ducks last week.
The Blues are repeat NSJHL champions after winning the best-of-seven series 4-0 and going 12-0 in the playoffs.
"We played three tough opponents in these playoffs and ended up going 12-0 and I think that's an absolutely amazing accomplishment" Blues coach Dave Hyatt said.
Scoring goals for the Blues last night were Dave Burke off a feed from Cody Roach, while Jordie Shaw scored the second Blues goal off assists from Geoff Burke and Justin Landry. The Blues fired 42 shots at the Ducks net.
"We worked from the first of the year to get back to this point and I couldn't be prouder of my players," Hyatt said. "They responded in a positive way."
"I knew we were one of the teams that had a chance to win this thing but the competition in our league is very strong and for us to go 12-0 and to be ready to play game in and game out is absolutely amazing."
Andrew Court, who faced 31 shots last night, was named playoff MVP. He played every minute of every game in the postseason.
"That was the easiest decision our league had to make all year," Hyatt said. "He had a great playoff. He really stepped up his game."
Up next for the Blues is the Don Johnson Cup Atlantic junior B tournament, which will be hosted by St. Margaret's Bay from April 20-25.
"We're not satisfied yet," Hyatt said. "We're going to enjoy this for a few days but our goal is to win the Atlantics. We want to win our last game of the year this year."
"We're excited to have a little break but we'll be ready to get back to work in three or four days."