NSWC Bantam A1s opened the John Reid Memorial tournament in St. Albert this morning with an 8 a.m. game vs the Maple Leaf Athletic Club Scott Pump.
The game opened with a quick power play goal from Tak Anholt, snapping in a rebound off a good scoring chance from Justin Almeida and Kevin Wong. Just over a minute later Ryan Jevne evened the score.
Then North Shore poured it on, on a pair by Jordy Bellerive, and one by Dante Hannoun, the last two on pp, to take a 4-1 lead early in the second.
MLAC then scored two back to back goals, the first by Ty Readman, and then another two minutes later by Jevne on a power play goal at the 10:00 mark, to close the gap to 4-3, before Quinn Benjafield restored the NSWC’s two goal lead as the period closed.
In the first half of the third NSWC controlled the play and was again in control of the game. And then the penalties started. The first was a 4:00 minute spearing call on Clint Coleburne with 12:09 left, which was a mystery call to most NSWC fans. At 11:04 Tak Anolt was in the box on another questionable call, called for interference on a forecheck in the offensive zone while killing the first penalty.
That put MLAC on a 5-3, and soon the Hawks had another man in the box, Nolan Kneen called on slash with 9:55 left. It didn’t take MLAC long to capitalize, twice, Connor Rokosh scoring at 9:44 and Jevne closing out his hat trick 22 seconds later.
Despite a lot of pressure, North Shore were unable to get the go ahead goal, the game ending in a 5-5 tie.
The team plays their second game of the day later this afternoon, meeting Lloydminster Heat.