Cape Breton West Peewee A Eagles bombard Bulldogs in 8-2 win
The Screaming Eagles were not in a good mood Saturday, and the Antigonish Bulldogs bore the brunt of an 8-2 shelling at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre in Port Hood.
Cape Breton West goaltender Steve LeFort returns to his net after making a save in Saturday's Peewee A game against Antigonish at the Al MacInnis Sports Centre.
Cape Breton West was coming off a 4-3 loss to Strait-Richmond in Peewee A hockey action on Friday, and the Bulldogs were in their crosshairs Saturday.
“They weren’t happy with that loss,” said Cape Breton West coach Michael Trenholm. “We’re more of a 3-2, 4-3 team, so it was good to see different people scoring goals.”
Seven different Eagles found the back of the Antigonish net, with Nolan Beaton scoring twice, including the winner.
Beaton opened the scoring at 4:05 of the first, following a roller off Bulldogs goalie Matthew MacDonald’s stick and roofing it on the far side.
Five minutes later, Jayden Muise tipped a point shot by Spencer Van den Hoogen high to make it 2-0.
The Bulldogs got on the board late after Steve LeFort made a save on a backhand shot by Nolan MacPhee, only to have the puck go to his forehand for the score.
Nolan Beaton opened the second frame by forcing a turnover and scoring an unassisted goal to make it 3-1.
At 4:45, Griffen Spears one-timed a nice centering pass from Ross Mullins, and the rout was on.
Taking a 4-1 lead into the third, Keegan Freimanis resumed the attack at 2:11. With MacDonald showing a strong glovehand, Freimanis jumped on a loose puck and went top shelf on the stick side to make it 5-1.
Broderick Murphy followed his lead, one-timing a pass from behind the net by Colby MacLean to score another high on the stick side.
Antigonish got their second goal a minute later, but goals by MacLean, on the powerplay, and Mullins, on a tic-tac-toe passing play with Evan Chandler and Spears, sealed the deal.
The Eagles started the season with a 0-4-3 won-lost-tied record but are now 11-10-4.
“They’re an excellent group of kids,” said Trenholm. “Once they bought in to what we were teaching them, to be responsible in their own end, then everything takes care of itself.”
Provincial playdowns begin on Feb. 15th. The Eagles play one game against the five other teams in the league, and the top two teams move on.
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