Blues close out pre-Christmas schedule this weekend

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Home tonight versus Bay Ducks

SPRINGHILL - Now that his team is playing with the intensity it takes to win big games, Cumberland County Cool Blues coach Ron Reynolds doesn't want his players to take their foot off the accelerator.
Coming off a pair of games in which they outscored their opponents 17-1, the Blues return to action in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League tonight when they host the Bay Ducks at 7:30 p.m. at the Richard Calder Arena.
The game is a rematch of last Saturday's contest won 9-0 by the Blues in their most dominating offensive effort of the season.
"One of the problems we were having early on was getting ready for games. I think the loss to East Hants was a wake-up call. The boys came to both games last weekend ready to go and it showed," Reynolds said. "Hopefully they can keep that intensity level up. We want to finish at the top of the standings heading into Christmas."
Tonight's game is part of two-game set that includes a trip to Pictou County on Sunday to face the Scotians, a team the Blues have beaten twice this season in games in which they've used third period explosions to blow open close games.
The Scotians are coming off a huge win last Sunday on home ice against East Hants and Reynolds knows they're going to be tough.
"They are doing great things down there with that hockey club," Reynolds said "They are probably the most improved team in the league this season and they're playing with the best. That makes them dangerous."
Reynolds said that game will be a good marker he can use to gauge how the team is doing. The game is also the club's last one until Jan. 4 in Port Hawkesbury.
Also, the team is holding its second annual Skate with the Blues on Monday at the Richard Calder Arena from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is free and children can skate with the players, get their photos taken with the players and get autographs.
dcole@amherstdaily.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Pictou County, Port Hawkesbury

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