Blues host Elks tonight in Springhill

Blues on road to play Val­ley on Sun­day

The Amherst News - - SPORTS - By Dave Mathieson Amherst News dave.mathieson@amher­st­news.ca twit­ter: @ADN­dave

The Cum­ber­land County Blues host the Brook­field Elks tonight, a team they beat 3-2 last Thurs­day in Brook­field.

“We feel good go­ing into Fri­day’s game against Brook­field but any­thing can hap­pen,” said Blues coach Phil Lynds. “We’re a very young team but we got some play­ers back, which is def­i­nitely go­ing to help us.”

Blues cap­tain Kee­gan Mar­cott re­turned last Fri­day at home against the Pri­va­teers af­ter a three game sus­pen­sion, and on Sun­day against the Pic­tou County Sco­tians Brody Dee­gan and Madi­son Col­ford re­turned to the Blues ros­ter for the first time since last sea­son.

“Hav­ing those three play­ers back is def­i­nitely go­ing to go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence for us when we play Brook­field again on Fri­day,” said Lynds.

Goal­tender Pier­rick Heudes will get the start against Brook­field, af­ter Trent Wilkie re­ceived a six-game sus­pen­sion dur­ing Sun­day’s game against Pic­tou.

“Wilkie has done a great job, un­for­tu­nately for him a lit­tle skir­mish hap­pened at the end of the game and he got a six-game sus­pen­sion,” said Lynds. “He’s go­ing to be missed but we’re very for­tu­nate to have a back up like Pier­rick who was a first-team al­ls­tar last year.”

The Blues prac­ticed Wed­nes­day night.

“The for­wards were do­ing a lot of power play and break­out drills,” said Lynds. “And the de­fence­men were with me do­ing a lot of cov­er­age and up-the-ice quick drills.”

Blues Scor­ing Lead­ers

Chad Miller and Alex Grif­fiths, both from Springhill, cur­rently lead he Blues in points.

Miller has three goals and four as­sists in seven games.

“Chad is a fire­cracker who brings a lot to our team,” said Lynds. “He’s been here three years and he takes a lot of abuse but the guys look up to him be­cause of what he can do with his size.”

Alex Grif­fiths is sec­ond on the Blues point board with five goals in seven games.

“Alex is a tal­ented young man with a bright fu­ture,” said Lynds. “He’s a nat­u­ral with the puck, he has a quick re­lease and he drives hard to the net. He learned his lessons well last year with the (Ju­nior C) Colts.”

Lynds is he’s re­ally pleased with the crowds com­ing out to the Richard Calder arena each week, and says the Blues will only get bet­ter as the sea­son progresses.

“They’re start­ing to turn the cor­ner and com­ing around and they’re go­ing to be a good team,” said Lynds.

“We just have to give them a bit of time and some grow­ing pains but we ex­pect them to keep im­prov­ing each week, and we saw it last week. Thurs­day, Fri­day and Sun­day, there was a def­i­nite im­prove­ment each game.”

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Blues rookie Alex Grif­fiths, seen here dig­ging for the puck last Fri­day against the Pri­va­teers, is sec­ond on the Blues point board with five goals. “He’s a nat­u­ral with the puck, he has a quick re­lease and he drives hard to the net,” said Blues coach Phil Lynds. Grif­fiths is from Springhill.

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