The North Island Eagles rep bantam hockey team earned a berth in the Vancouver Island Tier 3 finals while the rep midgets reached the Tier 3 semifinals in sweeping a series of playoff games on the road last weekend.
The playoffs return to the North Island this weekend for both squads, with the bantams hosting Kerry Park at 2 p.m. Saturday in Port Hardy in their Vancouver Island North round-robin finale and the midgets hosting Juan de Fuca at 11 a.m. Sunday in Port Hardy in a do-or-die semifinal game.
Eagles midgets 3, Alberni Valley 0
Lucas Robertson picked up the road shutout as the Eagles clinched the top spot in the Island North Division and earned a home date against Juan de Fuca, the South No. 2 seed, Sunday in Port Hardy.
The winner of Sunday’s game earns a berth in the best-of-3 Vancouver Island Tier 3 championship series against the winner of Saturday game between Kerry Park and host Sooke. The loser will be out of the playoffs.
Curtis McCarrick had a hat trick and Ezra Tanaka added two goals Saturday as the bantams ripped host Juan de Fuca 8-1 to kick off a two-game road playoff swing through Victoria.
On Sunday, Chad Bell had two goals and two assists as the Eagles capped the trip with a 5-3 win over Victoria to improve to 3-0 in the four-game, Tier 3 round-robin slate.
That start is good enough to lift the bantams into the best-of-3 finals series regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s game against Kerry Park.
Their opponent in the finals will be determined by the outcome of Kerry Park’s games this weekend in Port Hardy and in Campbell River. The Eagles will face either Kerry Park or Victoria in the finals.
Bell contributed a three-assist playmaker and linemate Tyson Cadwallader had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s win at Juan de Fuca. Riley Browne and Malcolm Browne each had single goals, Brett Walker had two assists and Tyren Dustin and Cole Rennie added single helpers in the win.
On Sunday, Riley Brown, McCarrick and Cadwallader joined Bell in the scoring column in the win over Victoria. Rennie, Cadwallader, McCarrick, Matthew Cahill and Nick Klein-Beekman each had single assists for the bantams, who played the regular season at the Tier 2 level.