North Island Eagles bantam Tyler Sexton tries to slip the puck past Comox goalie Kyle Franceschini during the Eagles' 8-2 win at Chilton Regional Arena Sunday

Eagles bantams improve to 6-0

PORT McNEILL - Cahill scores six goals as bantams wrap up tiering play with 8-2 romp over Comox Valley

PORT McNEILL — Matthew Cahill scored six goals and added an assist for good measure as the North Island Eagles bantam rep hockey team finished placement-round action Sunday with an 8-2 romp over the Comox Valley Chiefs at Chilton Regional Arena.

Tyler Sexton and Brandon Purdey also found the net and Shae Simpson enjoyed a solid showing in net as the bantams improved to 6-0 heading into a bye weekend.

The Vancouver Island Hockey League will assign member teams to tiers for league play in the upcoming season, set to begin the weekend of Oct. 29-30. Despite his team’s gaudy record, bantam coach Dan Wilson has no plans to lobby for the Tier 3 Eagles to be elevated to a Tier 2 division.

“People will look at the record and say, hey, we’re 6-0,” Wilson said. “And it’s great what the kids have accomplished. But you look out there today and Matt scores six of our goals. You’ve got to have two lines like Matt’s to really compete in Tier 2.”

Wilson had his hands full simply trying to fill all his lines, with three players sitting out suspensions due to penalties assessed in the bantams’ previous game.

Several forwards took turns on the blue line, and extended shifts were the order of the day.

“We found out we’re a little out of shape,” he said. “We had all our ‘D’ out there at the end, and you could tell they were getting gassed.”

Cahill scored the only two goals of the first period. After Comox reached the scoreboard on a rebound tally early in the second, Sexton and Cahill each scored to make it 4-1 going into the mid-game ice cleaning.

Comox scored a quick goal after intermission to make it 4-2, and it looked like a tight contest might be in the offing.

Instead, Cahill scored three straight goals to put the game out of reach, then set up Purdey’s punctuation goal with 33 seconds remaining.

Sexton and Alexander Stavrakov contributed two assists each in the victory. Thomas Symons, Riley Heemels and Purdey had one helper apiece.

 

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