Grand Bay-Westfield – What’s an exciting way to win a Day of Champions banner?
In double overtime, of course.
In Grand Bay-Westfield last weekend, the Grand Manan bantam C Islanders took on the Kennebecasis Valley Hurricanes in the Memorial division of the Day of Champions.
It was a battle in every sense of the word, said coach Craig Porter.
With less than a minute and a half remaining in regulation, the Hurricanes tied the Islanders 2-2.
A 10 minute overtime period solved nothing. Heading into the second overtime period, Porter said he told his players to keep working hard and stay focused on the task at hand.
“I just told them to keep skating,” Porter chuckled. “To just keep going. We’ve got two more guys coaching (Japeth Parker and Aaron Leslie), and they know their stuff as well. There’s a team on the ice, but we’ve also got a team on the bench that you can really rely on.”
Midway through the second overtime period, Islanders captain Gavin Turner scored the game winning goal for a 3-2 victory, earning a hat trick.
“Everyone pretty much went nuts,” Porter recalled of the celebration with a laugh.
“It was pretty exciting. There was a lot of people there, the atom (Islanders) won their banner right before that, so there was a bunch of parents and some good, hardcore hockey fans there who don’t even have any kids on the team, but just came up and watched for support,” Porter said, and gave praise to both teams for a hard fought game.
“It was a decent played game by both teams; both goalies really played well. Both teams had their chances; it was just one of those days that it coulda went either way.”
The Islanders finished the regular season with a 9-5-2 record. The Day of Champions is the second banner of the season for the Islanders, having won in their division at the Annual Andrew Bartlett Memorial Hockey Tournament, hosted by the Charlotte County Minor Hockey Association in December.
The Islanders have one more tournament before their season ends – the squad is slated to compete in the KV Spring Finale, scheduled to take place on March 30 and April 1.