Hamper Fund Game

The North Island Midget Eagles faced off against the North Island Eagles Alumni team

The Hamper Fund exhibition hockey game was held at the Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill Saturday,

Dec. 12. The North Island Eagles Midget Rep team played the North Island Eagles Alumni team in what was

three spirited periods of back and forth, exciting hockey action. Entry to the game was by donation of a food

item, with the proceeds going to the Gazette’s Christmas Hamper Fund. The game opened with an instrumental

version of O’ Canada, and then the puck was dropped. The Alumni jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with a couple

nice goals from Marty Gage and Tyson Cadwallader. With 6:13 left in the 1st period, the Midget Eagles Josh

Borg got his team on the scoreboard with a quick wrist shot in front of the net. The Alumni’s Tyren Dustin

returned the favour a couple minutes later, with a big slap shot goal through the Midget Eagle’s goalie Nyck

Ruel’s pads to make it 3-1 for the Alumni going into the 2nd period.Just 17:40 into the 2nd period, the Alumni’s

John Murgatroyd banged in a rebound goal over a sprawled out Ruel. Down 4-1, the Midget Eagles picked up

their play. Borg scored his second goal of the game on a two on one rush, knocking the puck past the Alumni

goalie Drake Baron, making it 4-2 for the Alumni team. The Midget Eagles kept up the pressure, adding two

more goals before the 2nd period ended, but couldn’t stop the Alumni from answering back with goals of their

own, and as such, ended up trailing the Alumni 7-5 going into the 3rd period.  The Midget Eagles started the

3rd period off well with a goal from Sean Pineda, but just like in the 2nd period, they couldn’t stop the offensive

rushes of the Alumni, who added three more goals before the game ended, taking the fast paced exhibition

game 10-7.The Hamper Fund game turned out to be a fun hockey exhibition filled with great goals and

impressive saves, but above all, it was a good night for a good cause.