PORT HARDY—The Eagles bantams lost out 5-2 to the Campbell River Tyees Sunday in a physical league matchup.
The scoreline was a touch unfair to the home side, which created plenty of chances but was frustrated by the strong goaltending of the Tyees’ Carson Borgfjord.
Tanner Roberts scored both the Eagles’ goals in the game but the Tyees proved too powerful on the day.
The visitors had the better start, posting two goals in the first period and looking dangerous in the first half of the second.
But the home side stepped it up after the ice-cleaning break, riding out a 3-on-5 penalty before applying the pressure at the other end.
Roberts sparked hopes of a comeback when he made it 2-1 late in the period, timing his run perfectly to steer home a pass after David Charlie intelligently held up on the wing to wait for the opening.
The Eagles’ hopes were dented in the third as they saw chance after chance turned aside by Borgfjord while, at the other end, the Tyees found the net twice more.
Roberts got the goal that the Eagles deserved on a power play late in the period, tipping in a long-range Elliot Furney slap shot.
But, as the minutes ticked away, the game turned increasingly physical and the Tyees capitalized with an open shot from the slot to underline the victory.