Jake Grinnell of the Eagles bantams skates ahead of traffic as captain Sean Pineda looks on.

Bantams go down to Cowichan

Cowichan bantam side show why they currently top the division in 61 defeat of the North Island Eagles Saturday.

PORT McNEILL—The T2 Cowichan bantam side showed why they currently top the division with a game in hand as they defeated the North Island Eagles 6-1 in Port McNeill Saturday.

To their credit, the Eagles held the visitors to a single goal until the final minutes of the second period before the Cowichan side came alive and  banged in two in quick succession to round out the period.

Having found that the Eagles struggled to combat their behind-the-net offence, the visitors added another pair at the start of the third period to take an unassailable 5-0 lead.

The home side were forced to rely heavily on breakaways to create chances against the hard-hitting down-Islanders, and got on the scoresheet with 5:41 to play.

Kenton Browne’s setup pass found Josh Walkus in space just inside the blue line.

Walkus looked up to find himself in space and sent a rocket past the helpless Cowichan goaltender.

The visitors had the final word however, addind a sixth with three minutes to go, rounding out a comfortable 6-1 victory.

The bantams will be in action again this weekend, once more in Port McNeill as they face Victoria.

The Eagles are yet to find their first win in league play and next weekend’s matchup against their closest rivals in standings may be just the opportunity to remedy that.