Blues keep playoff hopes alive

Byrne scores with 38 seconds left in game

Published on February 11, 2017

Mats Stone passes the puck to James Bastarache

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SPRINGHILL – A last minute goal by Patrick Byrne, along with great goaltending from Pierrick Heudes, helped keep the Cumberland County Blues season alive Friday night in Springhill.

With the game tied 4-4 Byrne scored the game winner with 38 seconds left in the game, giving them a 5-4 win over the Pictou County Scotians.

Now the Blues entire season rests on one game.

If they beat the Scotians Sunday night in Trenton they move into third place in the Nova Scotia Hockey League’s Sid Rowe Division, and punch their ticket to the playoffs.

If they lose Sunday night they remain in last place in the division and their season comes to an end.

Standings

The 5-4 win earned them three points, giving them 34 points on the season, two points behind both the Scotians and the Port Hawkesbury Strait Pirates.

A win on Sunday would give them 37 points, and catapult them into third place, three points behind the Antigonish Bulldogs, and 32 points behind the Kameron Junior Miners who currently lead the NSJHL with 69 points.

The Pirates wrapped up their regular season Friday night with a 5-4 win over the Miners.

The Bulldogs and Miners finish their regular season Saturday night when they play against each other at the Membertou Sports and Wellness Centre.

Game Results

Keegan Marcott assisted on four of the Blues five goals, while Matt Smith scored one goal and one assist.

Byrne scored the game winner off a pass from Marcott, and Chad Miller, Madison Colford and Ben Smith added one each for the Blues. Brendan Turner added one assist.

Pierrick Heudes played in net for the Blues. He stopped 44 of 48 shots, and his teammates had 27 shots on Scotians goaltender Brandon MacDonald.

Sunday's game starts at 7 p.m. at the Trenton Arena.