North Island Eagles midget Brandon Purdy lands a big hit during last weekend's game against Saanich in Port Hardy.

Midgets return to form against Saanich

The midgets returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion Saturday, steamrolling the visiting Saanich Braves 10-1 in Port Hardy.

PORT HARDY—The North Island Eagles midgets side returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion Saturday, steamrolling the visiting Saanich Braves 10-1 in Port Hardy.

After an unbeaten tiering run, the midgets fell to Juan de Fuca last week in the season opener, a loss attributed to a lack of teamwork by coaching staff. The players clearly took that lesson to heart as Saanich found themselves on the wrong side of a slick-passing masterclass.

Emma Mitchell was outstanding throughout for the Eagles, proving a constant threat in the Saanich zone, while Sarah Case in goal made a series of point-blank saves to frustrate the visitors. Case was denied the shutout by a Braves strike during a 5-on-3 power play.

Two goals just ahead of the ice-cleaning break bought the Eagles a 3-1 advantage to take into the dressing room. Returning to the ice, the home side closed out the second period with three textbook pass-and-shoot goals in less than a minute and added four more in a composed third period.

A blazing start from both sides provided an entertaining, end-to-end opening period with lots of pressure but few clear-cut chances.

The Eagles’ Darryl Coon broke the deadlock in the dying seconds of the first period, squeezing home from a tight angle with 3.3 seconds on the clock.

The visitors tied it on the double penalty but the Eagles struck twice in quick succession with a pair of one-timers on the crease from Brandon Purdey then Cameron Grant.

The Braves stepped up their forechecking after the break but a disciplined Eagles side stuck to a quick passing game. The puck movement paid off in spades as the Eagles ran off to a 6-1 lead through a trio of well-worked strikes in less than a minute.

Tyren Dustin grabbed the first, reacting ahead of the defence to poke in a loose puck. Just 24 seconds later Dustin struck again, converting Kenton Browne’s pass from behind the net. Mitchell made it six from the slot after a strong, driving run from Thomas Symons.

Credit to the visitors, the Braves kept pushing in the third but the home side frustrated the visitors and unforced errors began to creep in to the Saanich game.

Grant took advantage of some loose handling to steal the puck and put Sean Pineda in on goal in a move straight from a practice session. Pineda struck again soon after, tapping home an open-netter from an off-the-glass rebound.

Alex Scott made it 9-1 on the score of the night. Scott broke forward with the puck and laid off behind for Symons on the blue line. Symons decked and pinged it straight back to Scott, completely wrong-footing the defence, and Scott slammed the puck home.

Grant capped the win with a poke home on a goalmouth scramble.

Understandably, coach Aaron Hinton was much happier with this week’s performance. “That was the perfect game,” he said. “There was no selfishness out there, it was a totally different team this week — the passing was great, they played as a team.”

 

The midgets travel for a tournament in Port Alberni next weekend and return to home and league action  Nov. 15 against Kerry Park in Port Alice.

 

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy RCMP looking for volunteers who are interested in public safety

“The volunteer program will include community and crime prevention programs”

Suspicious fire in Alert Bay burns two homes, spreads to nearby bush

Police say underage suspects have been identified

VIDEO: North Island Bantam Eagles tie Dawson Creek Canucks in front of massive hometown crowd in Port Hardy

The Tier 3 Bantam Championships continued in style last night at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena.

Tri-Port Midget Wild finish season with gold medal performance

The other teams were no match for the Tri-Port girls.

Chief Administrative Officer officially appointed in Port McNeill

“Pete brings with him 17 years of municipal experience.”

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

B.C. public insurance includes funding enforcement, driver licensing

Most Read