Blues split pair of Thanksgiving weekend matchups

Jody Jewers
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SPRINGHILL?- The Cumberland County Blues outshot host Sackville Blazers 46-13 last night but skated away on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision in Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action.
It's the second time in 10 days the Blazers have had the defending champs' number. On Oct. 2, Sackville recorded a 5-1 triumph over Cumberland County in Springhill.
"It was just one of those games where (Sackville goalie T.J.) Keeping was solid," Blues general manager Ron Reynolds said.
"We played probably about as good a game as we've played so far this year. When you dominate a team that bad from start to finish and don't get rewarded for it, it's disappointing but sometimes that happens in hockey."
The Blues held period leads of 2-0 and 2-1, with the Blazers netting the game-winner with five minutes to go in the third. Cody Roach scored both Cumberland County goals, and Andrew Court made 10 saves between the pipes for the Blues.
On Friday, the Blues overcame penalty problems to edge the St. Margarets Bay Ducks 4-3 in Upper Tantallon.
Dave Burke netted the game-winner while shorthanded with three minutes remaining in the third period. Roach also scored with a Cumberland player in the penalty box.
Ryan Smith and Jordie Shaw had the other Blues goals. Court was stellar in goal for the visitors, who were outshot 42-29.
The Blues (4-2-0-0) are back on home ice this Friday when the Ducks (2-2-0-1) visit Richard Calder Arena for a 7:30 p.m., contest.
The following night, Cumberland County will play the Cape Breton Molson Canadians (1-6-0-0) in a neutral-site game in Port Hawkesbury at 7:30 p.m.

jjewers@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Upper Tantallon, Port Hawkesbury

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