Midgets fightback falls just short

Comeback falls just short as the North Island Eagles midgets bow out of the Tier 3 playoff chase.

A wild, third-period comeback fell just short as the North Island Eagles midgets bowed out of the Tier 3 playoff chase with a 3-2 semifinal loss at Sooke Saturday.

The host Thunderbirds, the top seed from the South Vancouver Island division, jumped quickly to a 3-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes over the Eagles, who travelled the length of the Island for the game.

“The effects of the drive showed,” midget coach D’Arcy Deacon said. “Our boys were a bit scattered in their play and left the ice feeling a little down about their first-period performance.”

But what seemed a blowout in the making turned quickly coming out of the first intermission. Midget goalie Drake Baron, victimized by a series of turnovers in the opening period, did not allow another goal in the game, and the skaters out front turned the tide despite failing to solve Sooke goalie Zach Mayo for another 20 minutes.

“In the dressing room we kept things very light telling some jokes and funny stories about staying positive during tough times,” Deacon said. “As a coaching staff we reminded the boys that for some of them this could be their last minor hockey game and that it was important to leave the ice with smiles on their faces.

“During the second period our boys evened out the play, narrowly missing on several power play chances while Sooke fought to maintain their self-control. It was a very fast-paced, competitive period.”

The game finally swung to the Eagles in the third, with David Shaw burying a blast from the point at 4:19 to make it 2-1. Fellow blueliner Brandon Purdey, getting extra ice time due to an injury to captain Coltton Slater, followed with another point shot, going top shelf on the power play at 7:46 to draw the Eagles to 3-2 with more than 12 minutes still to play.

“Our boys continued to dominate the play with multiple great scoring chances but just couldn’t find the back of the net,” said Deacon. “The final horn sounded with six skaters and an empty net as Sooke hung on tooth and nail.

“As coaches we are very proud of the way our boys played (Saturday).”

Sooke moves on to play for the Vancouver Island Tier 3 title against Alberni Valley, the North’s No. 1 seed, which dismantled Victoria 6-1 at home Saturday.

 

Just Posted

OPINION: Urgent care room will cost lives

“Seniors, of any demographic, are the most vulnerable to the loss of emergency care.”

James Hayward coroner’s inquest rescheduled hours away from where RCMP shooting occured

The family is “a bit disappointed that it’s going to be held in Campbell River”

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

Gil’s Girls win Harvey Walkus Memorial Ball Hockey Tournament in shootout

This year the tournament was held at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena on April 12-14.

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read