PORT HAWKESBURY – The Blues started off slow in their away game Friday night against the Strait Pirates. The team brought in three goals before time ran out, but it was not enough to secure a win.
Blues coach Rob McLure said he knew it was going to be a tough battle for the team as they were missing three of their regular defense men (Gil Murdock, Zachery Anderson and Nicholas Doucette) due to exams.
“They played hard, and they finished strong,” said McLure. “Our goalie, Jesse Cox, played outstanding.”
Cox said he was impressed with his game that night but it was a hard felt loss.
“We came out a little flat,” he said. “But we picked up our game. It was a collective effort from all the boys, but we just couldn’t get it in the end.”
The Pirates took an early lead in the first period, taking in the period’s only goals from Morgan Timmonds, assisted by Marc Bourgeois, and Nathan Hayes, and Eric MacKinnon, assisted by Evan Wright and Marc Bourgeois.
The team held strong to their lead, taking in two more goals from Marc Bourgeois, and Sean Tyler, with Brennan Delaney, Bryson Landry, Marc Bourgeois, Michel Desveaux earning assists. The Blues brought in their first goal of the game with eight minutes remaining in the second period, scored by Paul Gulliver, assisted by Brett Pendergast and Jesse Colborne. The Blues scored two more goals on the power play, both scored by Zachery Black with Serge Boisvert, Kyle MacKenzie and Paul Gulliver earning assists. The Strait Pirates came out victorious with a final score of 4-3.
The Blues return home for their game on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. against the Glace Bay Miners.