Joey Grant pulls up and lets fly as the Eagles peewees faced the Campbell River Tyees in Port Hardy last weekend.

Joey Grant pulls up and lets fly as the Eagles peewees faced the Campbell River Tyees in Port Hardy last weekend.

Peewees bounce back on home ice

The Eagles peewees racked up back-to-back home wins in tiering play last weekend.

PORT HARDY—Comox and Campbell River fell to the high-tempo attack of the North Island Eagles peewees as the Tri-Port side racked up back-to-back home wins in tiering play last weekend.

After running away with a 9-3 win over Comox Saturday, a confident peewees side ran out to a 4-0 opening period lead over the Tyees Sunday morning.

A second period comeback from the Campbell River side cut the gap to 5-3 but the Eagles rallied with a five-goal final period to finish deserved 10-4 winners.

“We needed that boost after we lost our first two on the road,” said coach Marty Gage. “It was an outstanding weekend. Everyone played well, it was a good team performance; they passed the puck well. I gave them a pat on the back because they didn’t get too many penalties today.”

The coach also praised the selfless play of the team, working the puck to find openings.

Ryan Patterson bagged a hat trick in the win, including a rifled slap shot from the blue line that bulged the Tyees’ net. Luke Gage and Mathew Saunders each showed composure under pressure and clinical finishing as they notched two apiece to add to goals from Payton Laming, Braden Walkus and Rhys Dutcyvich.

Assists came from Saunders and Keenan Jack with Gage providing three helpers. Kayden Jones picked up the win in goal both days.

The peewees host Nanaimo in Port McNeill this weekend in the final of the tiering games.