IcePak, Osprey head to Bay Roberts tied 1-1
The Central IcePak defeated the Tri Pen Osprey 4-0 on Sunday to even their provincial major midget hockey league semifinal series 1-1.
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TURNING THE TRICK — Central IcePak forward Adam Dawe scored three goals on Sunday to lead his team to a 4-0 game-two win over the Tri Pen Osprey. The Osprey took game one the day before 3-1.
Adam Dawe potted three goals in the win, while Ben Avery scored his first of the season to round out the scoring.
Dawe opened the scoring less than two minutes into the opening period when his wrist shot got by Osprey goalie Riley Akerman. He scored again late in the period to give the IcePak a 2-0 lead.
Jordan Freake and Shayne Dominie assisted on Dawe’s first goal, while Jordan Maher and Dominie picked up helpers on his second.
Dawe completed his hat trick late in the second period to give his squad a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes. Maher recorded the lone assist on the goal.
Ben Avery completed the scoring summary within the opening five minutes of the third, when he put a Jordan Freake pass by Akerman to give the IcePak the 4-0 win.
Curtis Barrett made 23 saves to pick up the shutout, while Riley Akerman made 31.
It was Akerman who stole the show in game one, making 42 saves in a 3-1 win.
The IcePak controlled the majority of play in the game, but it was the Osprey who was able to capitalize on their chances.
Andrew Churchill scored a shorthanded goal early in the first period to open the scoring, while Akerman stopped each of the 17 shots that came his way. Johnathan Pilgrim and Nathanial Duffett recorded assists on Churchill’s shorthanded goal.
Maher, the league’s top scorer following the regular season, opened the scoring in the second period with his first of the playoffs, but Duffett replied moments later with a power-play goal to give the Osprey a 2-1 lead. Freake assisted on Maher’s goal, while Ethan Street and Pilgrim assisted on Duffett’s. Conal McNamara finished the scoring summary with a goal before the second period ended.
The IcePak fired 15 shots on Akerman in the third, but the Osprey goalie turned aside all of them.
Games three, four and five of the best-of-seven series heads to Placentia and Bay Roberts this weekend. According to the Newfoundland and Labrador Major Midget Hockey League website, game three will be played in Placentia on Friday night, 7 p.m.; and games four and five will take place on Saturday and Sunday in Bay Roberts. Game four will begin at 7 p.m., and game five is at 2 p.m.