PORT HARDY—It was business as usual for the North Island Eagles atom development side last weekend as the side romped to a 12-2 rout of Comox Valley Sunday at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena.
Sunday’s win followed a 5-0 exhibition victory over the Chiefs Saturday.
The local side sits nine points clear of its closest rival atop Division 4 with a perfect record for the season.
So when Comox opened the scoring Sunday with only a minute gone in the first period, the visitors seemed as surprised as anyone.
The blip was only temporary however, and normal service was soon resumed when Tyler Roper latched on to a Tynan Klein-Beekman pass and burst through to go one-on-one with the goalie, Roper pulling the puck to the right post and lifting it over the sprawling Comox keeper.
From then on the floodgates opened. A pair of strikes from Joey Grant rounded out the period and the side added seven more in a goal-rich second period. The Eagles mixed up their lines in the final period and added two more, the visitors claiming a consolation.
Grant topped the scoring with five goals, Roper added four, Ethan Bono had two and Daunte McKinney had one. Grant and Keenan Saunders had two assists each, with Roper, Klein-Beekman, Bono, Mannie Browne, Peyton Dugas, Koen Harwood, and Evan Manke adding one apiece. Kayden Jones and Griffin Handley shared duties in net.
Unlike the other rep sides, the atoms regular season still has a ways to go, wrapping up in late February. After racking up road tours in the early season, the Eagles are at home until the playoffs. Next weekend they host back-to-back games against Juan de Fuca in Port Hardy and close out the season three weeks later in Port McNeill against second-place Victoria Racquet Club.