Midgets split pair with Powell River

The Eagles midget hockey team took its first loss of the season, then bounced back the following day to top the Powell River Kings.

Gazette staff

The North Island Eagles midget hockey team took its first loss of the season, then bounced back the following day to top the Powell River Kings and earn a split of the teams’ exhibition tune-up for the 2014-15 regular season.

Darryl Coon, Thomas Symons and Alex Scott scored two goals each in Sunday’s 7-5 victory for the midgets, who during the weekend were slotted into Vancouver Island Hockey League’s Division 3 for the coming season.

Sarah Case collected the win in net of the see-saw contest, in which Nick Klein-Beekman staked the Eagles to the early lead before Powell River pushed in front 4-2 with three straight second-period goals. Then it was the Eagles’ turn to score three in a row, including back-to-back goals by Symons, and regain the lead at 5-4.

After the hosts tied it with 6:35 left to play, Coon scored the game-winner at 17:47 and Scott provided the insurance tally with 23 seconds remaining.

Sean Pineda had three assists, Brandon Purdey, Joshua Walkus and Tyren Dustin had two apiece, and Emma Mitchell, Sean Grant, Symons and Scott chipped in with single helpers.

In Saturday’s weekend opener, Powell River ran out to a fast start, grabbing a 3-1 lead through one period. Eagles goalie Nyck Ruel allowed just two scores the rest of the way and the midgets were within a goal at 3-2 and 4-3, but the visitors were unable to push into the lead.

Dustin and Coon provided all the scoring, with Dustin netting two goals and Coon notching a goal and an assist.