SPRINGHILL, N.S. – Can the Cumberland County Blues turn the ship around?
Only time will tell, but Greg ‘Nicky’ Nickerson, Blues coach and general manager, believes they can.
“We’re going to make the playoffs,” said Nickerson, following Wednesday’s practice.
The Blues are coming off a turbulent season that saw them win one game in 33 tries, and being outscored 246 to 91, the last game of which was a 21-0 blowout to the Antigonish Bulldogs.
Nickerson was hired by the Blues late last season.
“We’re still a young team, but we’ll come together. There’s seven or eight new faces in the lineup, so we’re still working on getting everybody gelling,” said Nickerson.
He said the Blues have size and speed.
“We just have to make the game a little simpler, and once we get the line combinations right and get the continuity going, we’ll be fine.”
Nickerson says they had to break the team down and start from scratch.
“We’re building the team for the future.”
The Blues lost their first two games of the season, both home games, by scores of 10-3 and 6-2.
“Once we get a few more games under our belt you’ll see a good skating team and a good fore-checking team,” said Nickerson.
The last time the Blues won a game was almost one year ago on Oct. 12, 2017.
“We’ve been in a drought for a long time, so we need to get our first win under our belt,” said Nickerson.
He thanks the fans for their continued support.
“Be patient with us. We need the fan support, but be patient with us,” he said.
The Blues are on the road to Antigonish tonight for a 7:30 p.m. contest against the Bulldogs, and they return home Sunday to host the Cole Harbour Colts at 7:30 p.m.