By Dave Mathieson
SPRINGHILL - The way the Cumberland County Cool Blues are playing right now, coach David Hyatt is probably wishing there was no Christmas break.
After beating the Elks, Ducks and Scotians over the last week, and the Antigonish Bulldogs the week before, the Blues are dominating the Jr. B ranks like never before.
Cool Blue coach Dave Hyatt feels his team is playing the best hockey it has played all season and suggested the club is getting solid goaltending from Andrew Court as well as strong defense and timely scoring.
At the same time, Hyatt is applauding the play of second-year forward Tyler Collins as well as the club's most recent addition Ryan Gale, who joined the club last week from the Windsor Royals.
"He's been a winner at every level and brings a lot of leadership to this hockey club,' Hyatt said. "He won a Don Johnson Cup last year and won an Atlantic midget title in Cole Harbour. Most importantly, he's a calming influence in the dressing room and on the bench when the boys are feeling the pressure."
Going into the break Cody Roach and Ryan Smith are one and two respectively in the Jr. B points department.
As of Tuesday afternoons deadline for The Record, Roach had 38 points and Smith had 37.
Before Tuesday nights game against the Brookfield Elks, Smith led the league with 19 goals and was third in the league with 18 assists.
Roach was fifth in the league with 15 goals and first in the league with 23 assists.
Blues goaltender Andrew Court was far ahead of any other goaltender in the league with an astounding 1.93 goals against average.
The Blues Patrick O'Brien was second in the league with a 2.67 goal against average.
The Blues return to action on Friday, Jan. 2, when they travel to Windsor while their first home game after the break is on Saturday, Jan. 3, when the Sackville Blazers come to Springhill.
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