Blues bat­tle hard in losses to Pi­rates, Min­ers

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - SPORTS - BY DAVE MATHIESON

SPRINGHILL - Their gen­eral man­ager Terry McMana­man re­cently said his team has a ten­dency to fold like like pup tents against tougher op­po­nents, but the Cum­ber­land County Blues proved over the week­end they not ready to fold just yet.

“The kids aren’t quit­ting, that’s the main thing,” Blues coach Grove Sut­ton said.

The Nova Sco­tia Ju­nior Hockey League’s last place Blues played three games over the week­end, one against the Port Hawkes­bury Strait Pi­rates and two against the Glace Bay Min­ers, the league’s top team.

They lost 8-2 to the Pi­rates Fri­day night in Springhill.

“The last time we played th­ese guys here we lost 11-0 so we cut the score in half,” Sut­ton said. “Port Hawkes­bury has a good team, they have a skilled team but I don’t think they out­worked us. We bat­tled hard with them the whole game.”

The Min­ers were in Springhill Nov. 14 and 15, beat­ing the Blues 11-1 and 16-1.

They played the Min­ers Satur­day and Sun­day in Glace Bay, los­ing by scores of 5-0 and 61 re­spec­tively.

“I said to the boys that the ef­fort was there,” Sut­ton said. “You can’t fault the ef­fort be­cause the ef­fort was def­i­nitely there.”

The Blues had a new goal­tender in the line up for Fri­day’s game against the Pi­rates.

“The goal­tender we picked up, Tyler Boudreau, played well for us. We picked him up from Cole Har­bour.”

Boudreau faced 48 shots in the 8-2 loss, and his new team­mates had 24 shots on Min­ers goal­tender Colin Hooper.

Both Blues goals were scored in the sec­ond pe­riod. Zack An­der­son scored with 13:10 left in the pe­riod off feeds from Paul Gul­liver and Ryan Crowe, and Mar­cus Bel­liveau scored with 4:56 left in the pe­riod off a pass from Drew McNutt.

“Paul Gul­liver played his best game of the year. He worked hard on both ends of the rink,” Sut­ton said.

Sut­ton says his team showed a lot of ‘jam’ against the Pi­rates.

“They bat­tled hard. We didn’t back down. (Matt) Beal got into a fight, we haven’t shown a lot of that this year,” Sut­ton said. “We showed some heart. Even the smaller guys, Chad Miller, Jesse Gouchie, (Doug) Bar­ton were out there bang­ing, and (Zach) Coates was back for his first game after be­ing out with a con­cus­sion and he did a nice job com­ing back.”

Carly Jack­son got the start in goal for Satur- day’s 5-0 loss in Glace Bay.

She faced 64 shots in goal, while her team­mates had 14 shots on Glace Bay goal­tender Scott MacDon­ald.

Boudreau was back in goal for the Blues on Sun­day. He faced 53 shots in the 6-1 loss, while his team­mates had 19 shots on Min­ers net­min­der Nick Walsh.

The Blues are back home Fri­day to take on their Sid Rowe Di­vi­sion ri­vals, the Antigo­nish Bull­dogs.

The Bull­dogs are cur­rently in sec­ond last place in the NSJHL with four points to the Blues two points.

“We’re go­ing to keep plug­ging away here. Never say die. There’s still a lot of hockey left to play and we’re only one place out of a play­off spot,” Sut­ton said. “We still have a lot of games against Antigo­nish left to play, so if we con­tinue with this kind of ef­fort it’s a pos­i­tive sign.”

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