Bellies with 8-7 win over T-Men start season 2-0
photo by David Zuskind
Game 2 of the season and back to back home games saw the home town Salmbellies host the visiting Nanaimo Timbermen for an early 7PM start at historic Queens Park Arena.
Minor changes for New West with Mark Negrin making his debut and goalie Tye Belanger getting the start in net. With a week in between game the Bellies were off to a slow start as the T-Men opened up a two goal lead early until Jordan McBride capitalized n the power play at 15:24 followed up by another goal for Jordan two minutes later to end the first tied at 2-2.
Short handed to start the second with both Mitch Jones and Tony Tremblay in the box Nanaimo scored early on the 5 on 3 to jump out 3-2. After giving up one more, Mtch Jones got the fish within one at the midway point. Negrin tied it at 12:16 to et his first as a Bellie. Down 5-4 with less than a second left in the period, Jordan McBride on 6 on 5 tied the game and grabs the hat trick to finish the period.
Logan Schuss opened up the third period with a huge outside shot and the Bellies leading for the first time in the game. T-Men answered quickly them Austin Jerhoff and Schuss with two quick goals to go up 8-6. Nanaimo added one more and New West got out with the two points and a tight 8-7 win on the wooden floor.
Tye Belanger with a big night in between the pipes. Faced 48 shots with 41 saves. Head Coach Rory McDade on Belanger "Big night for Tye, he kept us in this game and came up big when we needed it".
Mitch Jones lead the team with 1G, 5A for 6 points while Schuss had 2G, 3A and Jordan McBride with 3G, 2A.
STAR 1: McBride, Jordan (NEW)
STAR 2: Belanger, Tye (NEW)
STAR 3: Claxton, Charles (NAI)
Bellies start the year 2-0 and are off to the Island to face the Victoria Shamrocks on Sunday, game time at the Q 6PM.