North Island Eagles midget Mitchell Walker is joined by teammate Robert Cahill (17) in celebrating his third-period goal against Saanich Sunday in Port McNeill.

Eagles midgets win battle with Saanich

PORT McNEILL-North Island club wins penalty-marred contest for weekend sweep; two suspended

PORT McNEILL — One day, Robert Cahill played late-game hero. The next, he was a late-game casualty.

Cahill’s shorthanded goal with 2:08 remaining Saturday lifted the North Island Eagles midgets to a wild, 5-3 comeback win over Saanich in Vancouver Island Hockey League play at Chilton Regional Arena.

The Eagles capped a weekend sweep of the Braves with an 8-5 exhibition win Sunday, but the closing minutes devolved into a festival of chippiness and fighting.

By the time the ice chips settled the teams had amassed 128 penalty minutes, and Cahill and teammate Tyson Cadwallader both received suspensions for their roles in the activities.

Cadwallader will sit out one game, while Cahill will miss both games on this weekend’s trip to Sooke and another rematch with Saanich.

Saturday’s contest was a tight, low-scoring affair for more than 50 minutes, until the host Eagles erupted for three unanswered goals in the final 4:19 to erase a 3-2 deficit.

Taylor Logan tied the game at 3 with his second goal, and a short time later the rally seemed blunted when the midgets took a penalty.

But Ethan Shaw’s vigorous forechecking allowed him to control the puck in the Braves’ end and set up Cahill’s go-ahead shot from just off the post at 17:52.

Still on the power play less than a minute later, Saanich called goalie Braden Jensen to the bench for an extra attacker as they broke out of their zone. But Eagles defenseman Mitchell Walker intercepted the puck and flicked a quick wrist shot from beyond the blue line that found the empty net before Jensen had even left the ice.

Malcolm Richards opened the Eagles’ scoring, tying the game 1-1 in the second period.

Saanich jumped ahead 3-1 with back-to-back goals early in the third period before Logan started the rally with his first goal at 6:29.

Walker and Eric Kennelly each had two assists in the win. Logan, Chad Bell and winning goalie Stevyn Ruel also picked up helpers.

The Eagles used a similar late-game scoring outburst to break open a close game in Sunday’s rematch.

Leading just 4-3 early in the third period, the midgets got some breathing room when Kennelly buried a one-timer from the slot off Cahill’s pass from behind the net at 3:48.

Just 22 seconds later, Kennelly played the set-up role on the same play, with Chad Bell finishing with another one-timer from the slot.

Additional scoring information from Sunday’s game was not available.

 

Just Posted

Second annual Port McNeill & District Chamber of Commerce golf tournament

Golf Holes #2 and #6 are Hole-in-One opportunities, each with a cash prize of $25,000!

No taxes paid by Neucel, Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice closes

“Neucel owes us a million dollars and it’s pretty hard to stay status quo when you’re short a million.”

Dragonboat society requests new location for 80 square foot storage shed in McNeill

“Part of my concern for using lot B is that it could become a parking lot for them…”

Klatt a force on the field – helps Bantam A Tyee’s win provincials

David Klatt played in every game last weekend down in Nanaimo.

Port McNeill releases in-depth Beach Drive landslide report

“It’s very positive,” said the town’s Public Works Foreman Julian Allen.

Average Canadian family spends 43% of income on taxes: study

Fraser Institute’s consumer report shows taxes accounting for larger chunk of income each year

Police chiefs call for stricter controls on pill presses to fight opioids

Canada’s police chiefs are urging Ottawa to beef up its fight against the opioid scourge by closely vetting people who import pill presses

Victoria police say explicit calls continue to target women

Over 50 reports of unwanted, sexually explicit calls have come in

‘It’s like a party in your mouth’

B.C. creator’s Milkshake Burger makes its debut at the PNE

Vehicle catches fire near Vancouver Island provincial park

Fire shut down Highway 4 in both directions

Get involved in the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count

Environmental organization develops app to help with the nationwide count

Pesticides linked to bee deaths will be phased out in Canada, sources say

Neonicotinoids, or neonics, are a class of pesticides used by farmers and hobby gardeners alike

Most Read