North Island Midget Eagles fall in first playoff game to Alberni Valley Bulldogs

The Eagles will look to rebound from the playoff loss against the Kings in Powell River on Feb. 10.

The North Island Midget Eagles had a rough first round playoff game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Sunday at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena in Port Hardy, falling 5-1 over three penalty-filled periods.

The Bulldogs got out to an early lead when Nick Sexton wristed the puck past Eagles goaltender Nigel Walkus at 14:26, and then the Bulldogs scored two more goals after that, courtesy of Noah Fatur at 8:03 and Carter Nelson at 7:10.

The Eagles would gain a bit of revenge with 3:52 left in the first period, thanks to Carson Strang scoring from the side of the net off a beautiful setup by linemate Clayton Bono.

However, the Bulldogs poured on the heat from there. Carter Elder found the back of the net at 11:33 of the second period, and then Sexton and Elder notched their second goals of the game in the third period to take a 5-1 victory back to the Alberni Valley.

The Eagles had a bit of an up-and-down season this year, posting a 4-7-1 record with 41 Goals For and 63 Goals Against in Tier 2 play.

The Eagles will look to rebound from the playoff loss against the Kings in Powell River on Feb. 10.


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