SPRINGHILL – It looked like the Cumberland County Blues would take home a win Friday night when they faced off against the Pictou Scotians on their home turf, but a secure win just wasn’t in the cards. The SCotians took in their third and final goal of the game, winning over the Blues 3-2.
“Although we were missing three top defencemen due to exams, the Blues truly responded as asked,” said coach Robert McLure about the 3-2 loss. “We spent a lot of time in the last week reviewing defensive responsibilities and I was really pleased with our result. We showed new commitment to the part of our game that has been hurting us. We will have a good second half with more focus and practice.”
The Scotians scored the first goal of the game, scored by Nick Hodgson with Lucas Eshleman and Brandon Verge earning assists. The Blues’ Serge Boisvert scored his team’s first goal of the night, assisted by Zack Black.
With 9 minutes remaining in the game, Boisvert, unassisted, scored his second goal for the Blues, bringing the score 2-1 in favour of the Blues. The Scotians came back quickly with their second goal scored by Craig Matheson. Matheson scored the winning goal for the Scotians, assisted by Tim Robertson and Brandon MacKenzie with 1:44 left in the game.
Although the Blues couldn’t bring in the win, McLure said he is certain that as the players continue to grow as a team, they will begin to take in more wins.
After Friday night’s loss, the Blues enter the Christmas break four points shy of a playoff spot.
The Blues return to hockey action after Christmas when they host the Antigonish Bulldogs on Jan. 4 and their return matchup Sunday, Jan. 6 also against the Bulldogs.