Ethan Hunt of the Port McNeill Penguins strains to reach the puck after losing his footing during the Port McNeill Minor Hockey Novice tournament at Chilton Regional Arena Sunday

Novices kick off North Island hockey tournament season

PORT McNEILL-Local squads dominate play in two-day tourney at Chilton Regional Arena

PORT McNEILL—The host Port McNeill Minor Hockey novice program brought the most quantity to last weekend’s house tournament.

They also did pretty well in the quality department.

Split into two teams due to large turnout this season, the Port McNeill program failed to go unbeaten only because the two teams played each other in the five-team, round-robin tournament at Chilton Regional Arena.

The Port McNeill Penguins went 4-0 against the Campbell River Bears and Eagles teams and the Port Hardy Jets. The Orcas finished 2-1-1, with a 9-4 loss to the Penguins and an 8-8 tie against the Bears the only blemishes on their record.

One of the best games of the tournament came when the unbeaten Penguins faced off with the winless Jets of Port Hardy, made up of many first-year novices and quite a number of first-year skaters.

Facing their toughest competition, the Jets put on their best effort before falling 7-6 to the Penguins.

Ethan Bono had a hat trick and Joey Grant added a pair of goals for the Penguins. The Jets were paced by two goals each from Zachary Noel, Keenan Saunders and David Klatt.

Additional tourney scores and stats appear in Scoreboard, page xx.

The North Island tournament season continues this weekend as the Port Hardy Minor Hockey Association hosts its annual atom tournament at Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena.

Play begins at 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. The tourney features a raffle table, 50/50 draws, concession and a puck toss Saturday afternoon.


2011 Port McNeill Minor Hockey Novice Tournament

Nov. 5-6 results

Port McNeill Penguins 9, Port McNeill Orcas 4

Penguins goals: Joey Grant 6, Tristan Mardell 2, Ethan Hunt. Assists: Connor Van Will, Daunte McKinney. Orcas goals: Matthew Datos 2, Tyler Roper, Aiden Watson.

Campbell River Bears 9, Campbell River Sharks 5

Port McNeill Penguins 7, Port Hardy 6

Penguins goals: Ethan Bono 3, J. Grant 2, Van Will, Skyler McGraw. Assists: Grant. Port Hardy goals: Zachary Noel 2, Keenan Saunders 2, David Klatt 2.

Port McNeill Orcas 9, C.R. Sharks 3

Orcas goals: Roper 5, Kai Verbrugge 2, Tynan Klein-Beekman, Watson.

C.R. Bears 12, Port Hardy 6

Port Hardy goals: Saunders 2, Klatt, Sagel Wilson, Griffin Handley.

Port McNeill Penguins 10, C.R. Sharks 7

Penguins goals: Bono 6, J. Grant 3, McKinney. Assists: McKinney, Kayden Jones.

Port McNeill Orcas 8, C.R. Bears 8

Orcas goals: Roper 4, Verbrugge, Thomas Tenney, Watson, Cole Klughart. Assists: Roper 3, Chelsea Noël, Xander Rutherford.

C.R. Sharks 6, Port Hardy 3

Port Hardy goals: Saunders 2, Koen Harwood.

Port McNeill Penguins 10, C.R. Bears 6

Penguins goals: J. Grant 5, Bono 2, Mardell, William Grant. Assists: Mannie Browne 2, Justin Hilts 2, Bono 2, Van Will.

Port McNeill Orcas 10, Port Hardy 1

Orcas goals: Roper 4, Klughart 2, Klein-Beekman 2, Watson 2. Assists: Klughart 3, Roper. Port Hardy goal: Saunders. Assist: Noel.


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