The North Island Eagles peewee rep hockey team got off to a rocky start in the Tier 3 playoffs Saturday, dropping an 8-2 decision to Kerry Park in Victoria.
The peewees, who entered the postseason on a three-game winning streak, will try to regain their winning form Saturday when they host Campbell River at 1 p.m. in Port Alice Arena in the second round-robin game of the Tier 3 North pool.
At Kerry Park, Matthew Cahill scored off assists from Alexander Stavrakov and Alex Scott, and Stavrakov was credited for a score when Kerry Park was victimized by an own-goal. Shae Simpson was in net for the Eagles.
The Eagles midgets will kick off the first round of the Tier 3 North midget playoffs at home, hosting Kerry Park at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Port McNeill.
The three-team round-robin will continue the following week when the midgets travel to Port Alberni to face the Bulldogs.
The midgets (18-4-3) tuned up for the playoffs with a 2-2 exhibition tie Saturday against Campbell River’s Tier 1 squad.
The Eagles bantams also begin postseason play on the North Island this weekend, hosting Campbell River at 11 a.m. Sunday in Port McNeill.
North and South Island teams are in a single Tier 3 classification, which will give the Eagles (17-11) four round-robin games. After traveling for games Feb. 12-13, they will return home to host Kerry Park Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. in Port Hardy.