Midget Eagles lose game 1

The North Island Midget Eagles lost the first game of the playoffs 7-0

The North Island Midget Eagles had a tough start to the Vancouver Island League Amateur Hockey playoffs,

losing 7-0 to the Tier 3 Port Alberni Bulldogs (who played in the tier 1 division all season) on Saturday, Jan. 30,

at the Chilton Regional Arena in Port McNeill. Before the game started, the Eagles were awarded their Island

League Midget Division 3 banner for taking first place in the 2015/2016 league standings. The Bulldogs came

out aggressive and controlled the majority of the action from the drop of the puck. At 11:10, the Eagles got a

break as the Bulldogs took a bad cross checking penalty, but they weren’t able to capitalize with the man

advantage. The Bulldogs drew first blood, scoring at 6:47, and then ended up taking another penalty at 4:56,

this time for interference, but once again the Eagles just weren’t able to capitalize with the five-on-four man

advantage. After killing their second penalty, the Bulldogs took control of the puck and got the majority of the

chances for the rest of the period, out skating, out shooting, and out hitting the Eagles, and it paid off big. They

scored again at 2:53 to go up 2-0 as the 1st period ended.The Bulldogs started off the 2nd period with a quick

goal at 17:27 to take a 3-0 lead. The Eagles ended up taking a cross checking penalty of their own right after,

but were able to kill the Bulldogs’ five-on-four powerplay without any more goals scored. At 14:04, a brief scrap

broke out in front of the Eagle’s net, but no punches were thrown and the game continued to be played fairly

clean. The Bulldogs continued to get the better shots on net, and they scored again at 3:20 to go up 4-0 by the

end of the 2nd period.The 3rd period was more of the same; the Bulldogs continued to control the puck by

passing up and down the boards and out shooting the Eagles. The Bulldogs scored at 16:21, 8:16, and with 18

seconds left they added one more to finish the game off 7-0.The North Island Midget Eagles next playoff game

is Saturday, Feb. 6, against Kerry Park.