Midgets ready to face alums

Midgets bounce back from loss to sweep on the road.

The North Island Eagles midget rep hockey team bounced back from an ugly home loss to turn road warriors in a sweep of Saanich and Nanaimo in Vancouver Island Hockey League Division 3 play last weekend.

Ethan Shaw’s second goal of the game in the last four minutes proved the difference as the midgets pulled out a 5-4 win at Saanich Saturday.

On Sunday, Chad Bell scored a hat trick, Eric Kennelly had two goals and Shaw added a goal and three assists as the Eagles overwhelmed Nanaimo, 6-3.

The midgets improved to 3-2-1 against league foes after absorbing a 7-2 loss to Saanich the previous Sunday.

The team hopes to bring its road success home, where it will play six of its final eight league games over the final two months of the season.

Before resuming league play the weekend of Dec. 8-9, the Eagles will have a little fun with the program’s alumni while helping out the Gazette Hamper Fund with the second annual Eagles Alumni Benefit Game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in Port McNeill.

Fans are asked to donate money, a new toy or non-perishable food items as intermission to the game, which will pit the midgets against Eagles alumni in an exhibition that often pits son against father and player against coach.

On last weekend’s road trip, Robbie Heavenor, Jared Sinclair and Kennelly each added goals in Saturday’s win at Saanich, with Darryl Coon, Ty Brittain and Zach Swanson contributing assists.

Sunday in Nanaimo, Coon and Tyson Cadwallader had two assists each.

 

Both goalies got into the act, with Stevyn Ruel posting the win between the pipes Saturday and Alex Howard getting the victory Sunday.