Riley Browne

Bantams open playoffs with bang

PORT McNEILL — On paper, it looked like a mismatch. On ice, it was even worse.

PORT McNEILL — On paper, it looked like a mismatch. On ice, it was even worse.

Riley Browne poured in four goals and Malcolm Browne added a hat trick Sunday as the North Island Eagles bantam rep hockey team dismantled visiting Campbell River 17-2 in a first-round, Tier 3 playoff matchup at Chilton Regional Arena.

Tyren Dustin and Curtis McCarrick added two goals each and 10 different players scored in the laugher, which did little to test the Eagles’ readiness for their upcoming challenges.

“The silver lining is, a lot of guys who haven’t scored much this year got goals,” said Mike Bell, who returned to the bench as the bantams’ head coach after a multi-game suspension. “We told them, ‘Now you guys have scored; we expect that every game.'”

The Eagles (18-11) travel south this weekend for games at Juan de Fuca Saturday and Victoria Sunday, with a chance to clinch a berth in the Vancouver Island Tier 3 championships. The top two finishers in the five-team round-robin will square off in a best-of-3 series to determine the Island’s representative to the provincial championships.

David Shaw, Nick Klein-Beekman, Brett Walker, Thomas Coon, Brandon Pelletier and Chad Bell scored single goals in Sunday’s laugher. Clayton Ellis had little to do but watch from a safe distance while picking up the win in goal with one half of shutout play. Riley Mathieson took over following the mid-game ice clean and allowed two meaningless goals on breakaways.

“We read ’em the riot act after the second period,” Bell said. “Everybody wanted to get in on the scoring, so they got sloppy and gave up some breakaways and three-on-ones the other way. Riley never had a chance on those goals.”

Just Posted

Distracted Driver crashes into ditch along Byng Road

Port Hardy public works department confirms the incident was caused by distracted driving.

Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign needs volunteers in Port Hardy

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign is starting up on Nov. 29… Continue reading

Changes coming to BC Ferries reservations for Vancouver Island routes

Many customers are booking multiple reservations, inflating wait times

UPDATE: North Island highway crash resulting in serious injuries still under investigation

The two drivers were seriously injured and sent to a hospital in Victoria.

Port Hardy Mayor Dennis Dugas votes in favour of eliminating overtime pay for confidential secretary

“I think when staff makes a recommendation I have to support staff’s recommendation.”

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Trial: Witness describes encounter with accused murderer while tending to fatally injured Descoteau

Wright said he was working in his yard when he heard a woman screaming.

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

B.C. lumber mills struggle with shortage of logs, price slump

Signs of recovery after U.S. market swings, industry executive says

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

Most Read