Peewees pull away for playoff victory

PORT ALICE—Eagles kick off postseason with round-robin win over Alberni Valley in Tier 3 action

North Island Eagles peewees Joey Grant

North Island Eagles peewees Joey Grant

The Tri-Port Peewee Eagles soared to victory in a match against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Saturday at the Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice.

While the Bulldogs drew first blood, the Eagles’ Avory Collins put one between the pipes at the 8:37 point of the first period to tie things up 1-1.  Assists went to Mathew Saunders and Luke Gage.

The Eagles went ahead 2-1 with a goal by Joey Grant assisted by Rhys Dutcyvich and Liem Wadhams.

The Bulldogs answered back with one of their own, to tie the game back up 2-2.

Grant put his second between the pipes to give his team the advantage with Dutcyvich and Braden Walkus getting the helpers.

At the end of two frames, the game was tied 3-3.

The Eagles turned up the heat in the third with goals by Gage (assisted by Dutcyvich and Saunders) and Dutcyvich (assisted by Saunders and Payton Laming).

“We did what we had to do to win,” said Coach Marty Gage.

The game was the first in a round robin playoff format, Gage said. This coming weekend the team travels down island to take on Nanaimo on Saturday and Campbell River on Sunday.

The top two teams move on.