PORT HARDY—Shelby Cockell scored a natural hat trick and Jared Breitkreitz netted the game-winner with just 56 seconds remaining as the Port Hardy Warriors continued their season-long mastery of the crosstown Bulls with a 5-4 victory in commercial league hockey play Friday night.
The Bulls carried a 2-1 lead into intermission, but Cockell scored three straight times in the first five minutes of the second period — including two goals 13 seconds apart in the opening minute — to push the Warriors (6-5) ahead 4-2.
The Bulls (2-7) clawed back and tied the score on tallies by Curtis Martyn and Scott Williams, but Breitkreitz converted off assists from Cockell and Corey Swain to give the Warriors their fourth straight head-to-head win over the Bulls.
Jordan Nicholson also scored for the Warriors, and Jason Saunders collected the victory in goal.
Jeff Cowles amassed four assists in the win, while Cockell and Nicholson each had a pair. Single helpers went to Ronnie Harvie and Swain.
Martyn finished with two goals for the Bulls and Richard Burgess added a score. Lucas Noel had two assists and Shawn Patterson, Brad Zealand and Jordan Campbell had one each.
Friday in Port Alice, the Port McNeill Ice Devils remained unbeaten with the victory over the host Islanders. Game score and details were unavailable.
Devils, Warriors scrubbed
Sunday’s scheduled game in Port McNeill was cancelled when the Warriors were unable to field a team to face the host Devils.
Warriors 4, Islanders 2
On Dec. 2, Nicholson, Cockell, Cowles and Quinn Mellow each scored as the Warriors outlasted a depleted Neucel Islanders squad in Port Hardy.
Saunders and opposing goalie Adam Hall each enjoyed strong showings in the defensive game. The Warriors carried a 3-1 lead into the final minute of play, during which each team scored again.
Cowles, Cockell and Brayden Demoe collected assists for the Warriors.