After a rough opening weekend, the young North Island Eagles peewee team is already making strides.
The peewees dropped a pair of games on their first road trip of the season last week, but were within a goal in the third period of both games before falling 5-2 at Nanaimo Saturday and 9-7 against Oceanside Sunday.
Carson Strang’s goal at 10:22 of the third period drew the Eagles within 3-2 at Nanaimo and the score held until the hosts tallied an empty-netter for a 4-2 advantage with 2:43 left. The Clippers added a final score with 10 seconds remaining to provide a final margin more comfortable than the rest of the game indicated.
Clayton Bono also scored for the peewees, who got assists from Kaisha Laird, Tanner Roberts and David Charlie.
In Parksville Sunday, the Eagles scored first, when Laird tipped in a point shot by Tianna Walkus. But Oceanside moved ahead 4-2 by the end of the first period and the peewees again found themselves playing catch-up. They did just that when Roberts capped an end-to-end rush with an unassisted goal that tied the game 6-6 at 5:02 of the third period.
One minute later, however, Oceanside scored to retake the lead, and the teams exchanged goals over the final few minutes.
Bono and Roberts each finished with two goals, and first-year rep skaters Devin White and Brady Ranger each scored once as the peewees enjoyed their biggest offensive output to date.
The squad travels again this weekend to play in a six-team tourney in Port Alberni.
The Eagles return home to wrap up tiering play with an Oct. 13 game against Comox in Port Hardy.