Lucas Woo of the Neucel Islanders

Mustangs back in saddle

Mustangs romp to 8-2 victory in season-opener against visiting Neucel Islanders.

PORT McNEILL—Chris Dutcyvich and Reed Allen each notched hat tricks Sunday as the Port McNeill Mustangs kicked off their North Island Commercial Hockey League season with an 8-2 romp over the visiting Neucel Islanders at Chilton Regional Arena.

The Mustangs blew the game open with four unanswered goals in the final 15 minutes after xxx McKay scored on a point-blank shot at the post to bring the Islanders within 4-2 at 3:59 of the last period.

Dutcyvich restored the two-goal lead a minute-and-a-half later when he skated through the circle, decked goalie Ryan Stewart to the ice and potted a short-range shot. Glenn Moore followed with a wrist shot from the slot at 10:20 and Allen scored back-to-back goals in the final 1:22 of play to wrap up the scoring.

Allen added three assists for a six-point evening. Joe Murgatroyd also scored for the Mustangs and Bob Wells picked up the win in goal.

Chris Brennan scored for Neucel with 1:09 left in the opening period after the Mustangs had jumped to a 3-0 lead. Zach Swanson assisted on both Islanders goals.

Al Rushton contributed three assists for the Mustangs, Murgatroyd had two helpers, and Shay Peterson, Tom Cessford and Moore added assists.