PORT ALICE—Jason Hodson tipped in a centering pass from Wayne Magnusson with two minutes, seven seconds remaining Friday night as the Neucel Islanders pulled out a 5-4 win over the visiting Port Hardy Warriors in North Island Commercial League play.
The closely contested game featured four ties and two lead changes, and neither team led by more than a goal.
The Warriors’ Jared Breitkreitz tied the game 4-4 on a wrist shot from the low slot with 2:56 to go, but Hodson was waiting at the crease when Magnusson fired a pass from the corner less than a minute later.
Earlier in the second period, Trent Burton netted back-to-back goals to erase a 3-2 deficit and stake the Islanders to their first lead of the game, 4-3.
The game was tied 2-2 at intermission, with a pair of blueliners providing both goals for the Warriors.
After 10 minutes of scoreless play, Brian Texmo’s tally at 10:48 of the first period staked the Warriors to the early lead.
The Islanders tied it on Daniel Farrell’s goal at 12:14, but just 46 seconds later the Warriors were back in front 2-1 on a Ronnie Harvie score. Adam Contois evened the score 2-2 on a goal with 3:18 left in the period.
Coming out of the break, Jake Colbourne restored the Warriors’ lead on a power-play, rebound tip-in at 8:56. But Burton squared the score at 3-3 just a half-minute later with the first of his two scores, and the Islanders never trailed again.