PORT McNEILL—Marty Gage punched home a point-blank rebound shot with 5:43 to play Sunday to complete his own hat trick and the Port McNeill Mustangs’ come-from-behind win over the Port Hardy Warriors in men’s hockey league play at Chilton Regional Arena.
The victory, following their 4-2 win over the Bulls in Port Hardy Friday, allowed the Mustangs (6-3-1) to gain a measure of ground on the league-leading Warriors (8-5-1), who also won Friday, 3-2 at Port Alice.
With the Mustangs on the power play, Al Rushton won a face-off to the right of Warriors goalie Cole Morton and drew the puck to Reed Allen on the point. Morton squared up to block Allen’s shot, but the rebound trickled to the open side of the net, where Gage was poised to pounce.
Gage earlier tied the game 3-3 with his second goal, another short-range tally on a crossing pass from Chris Dutcyvich at 10:46 of the second period.
Prior to that, the Warriors had taken their second lead of the game on their own power play, when Brett Demoe skated behind the Mustangs net and slotted a pass to Jake Colbourne, who beat goalie Bob Wells with a one-timer.
The Mustangs had taken a 1-0 lead on their opening shift of the game, when Gage converted off assists from Rushton and Dutcyvich. Eddie Walkus answered for the Warriors less than three minutes later on a redirect to tie it, and the Warriors took a 2-1 lead into intermission after Shelby Cockell fed a streaking Jeff Cowles in the neutral zone for a skate-in and score from the left circle at 11:48 of the opening period.
Allen tied the game 2-2 five minutes into the second with an unassisted goal after carrying the puck from end to end before beating Morton from a steep angle below the right circle.
Mustangs 4, Bulls 2
Dutcyvich had a goal and two assists and John Murgatroyd, Allen and Rushton added goals in Port McNeill’s win Friday at Port Hardy. Brad Zealand and Richard Burgess found the net for the Bulls (3-9-1).
Janey Henschke had the game’s first goal and finished with a hat trick as the co-ed Mainline squad topped the West Coast Rookies 10-5 Saturday in Port Hardy. Cole Morton also had a hat trick as Mainline pulled away from a 2-2 tie at intermission.
Carson Port had a hat trick to pace the Rookies.
In other B League action last weekend, the Port Hardy Oldtimers held on to top the Rookies 10-9 in an exhibition contest, and the Stars held on to the top spot in the standings with a 6-3 win over the Smokers Sunday.