The Blues have started February off with a bang wining their last 5 CISAA games to vault into 2nd place in Varsity Boy’s Hockey. The streak began with a solid win against the first place Saints. It was played as a part of the MacPherson Tournament. After going 2 – 1 in pool play in a tough division the Blues ended up on the wrong side of a tie-breaker that left them 3rd out of 4 in their division. While this was not the result that they had hoped for, it did set up a game against rivals and tournament hosts, the Saints from St. Andrew’s. The game proved to be a fast, tough game with the Blues capitalizing on a late power play to take a 4-3 lead that lasted the duration. Special mention to Ryan Moore, who scored not only the tying goal, but also the winner with less than 5 minutes remaining.
The following weekend the Blues headed west and south to Ridley and Nichols for a three game set against Nichols, Appleby and Ridley. Always tough to play Nichols in their home rink, much smaller than their own home rink and usually packed with fans of the Big Green, the Blues were able to hold Nichols off in the first period ending it in a 0-0 tie. In the second, they came out flying scoring in the first 13 seconds, an unassisted tally by Tucker MacIntosh. The Blues weren’t done as Marc-Antoine Goulet scored despite being hooked by Nichols’ Patrick Brady on a feed from Anthony Lemieux. Nichols would keep the game close with an early goal in the third, but Joe Howe turned the rest of the shots aside maintaining the win with a 26 save performance.
The next game pitted the Blues against Appleby, a game that had double meaning as a power outage early in the season meant that the first 26 minutes would count not only as the start of this game, but the end of the previous game. This worked out well as the Blues won the first 26 with a score of 3-1 and the game by a score of 5-1. It was a strong team effort by the Blues.
The final game of the weekend was an important one as the Blues faced Ridley with 2nd place in the CISAA on the line. The Blues came out strong once again scoring two in the first period. It turned out that this is all the Blues would need as Howe shut the door on all 25 shots for the shutout.
Finally, this week began with the third game against St. Mike’s. A chippy affair as always, the Blues did what they needed to, to take the win 4-1. Strong goaltending from Bryan Landsberger keep the puck out of the net until literally the last second as the double blue somehow managed a tally with no time left in the game.
The Blues look forward to hosting the Barrow Tournament this weekend and welcome any fans. For game times click on the schedule provided.