Riverview Red­men open with rout at Red Cup

Memo­rial puts the run on Syd­ney Academy at the 33rd an­nual tour­na­ment

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY T.J. COLELLO CAPE BRE­TON POST tj­colello@cb­post.com

COX­HEATH — The Riverview Red­men may have a young ros­ter on pa­per, but that in­ex­pe­ri­ence didn’t show Thurs­day night in their open­ing game of the 33rd an­nual Red Cup Show­case high school hockey tour­na­ment.

The Red­men put the game out of reach in the third pe­riod, scor­ing four goals in a 9-3 rout of the Glace Bay Pan­thers in front of nearly 1,900 ra­bid fans at the County Recre­ation Cen­tre.

The tour­na­ment opener was also a one-sided af­fair, as the Memo­rial Ma­raud­ers spanked the Syd­ney Academy Wild­cats 10-3.

Riverview put in a bal­anced at­tack in their win. Three play­ers — Mark Knickle, Kyle Mul­ley and team cap­tain Cory Youden — scored two goals apiece, with Knickle adding an as­sist. Sean Fer­gu­son with a goal and a helper and Matt Lake and Justin Cashin with sin­gles rounded out the at­tack.

“ We’ve had our ups and downs through the year with in­juries and be­ing a young club,” said Riverview head coach James Leo Mullins. “It was prob­a­bly only our third or fourth game of the year with a full lineup and it was nice to see what we’re truly ca­pa­ble of when every­one’s go­ing and go­ing hard.”

The Red­men held a com­mand­ing 5-1 lead head­ing into the third pe­riod. Youden’s goal with 34 sec­onds left in the sec­ond stanza chased Pan­thers net­min­der Cole Fer­gu­son from the goal in favour of Philip Wong.

Adam MacDougall replied for the Pan­thers with a goal and an as­sist. Dy­lan MacEachern and Pan­thers game MVP Ryan Groom also found the back of the cage.

Bran­don Hanna, named player of the game for the Red­men in the victory, was busy steer­ing aside 44 shots in the win. Fer­gu­son made 20 stops in the loss, while Wong de­flected 15 in re­lief.

“Bran­don had a great game,” said Mullins. “He was there when we needed him and he pro­vided that big stop when we needed it.”

The Red­men con­tinue play to­day at 7:30 p.m. against the Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre

Cougars of Truro.

Memo­rial 10, Syd­ney Academy 3

Memo­rial game MVP Cole Jar­dine was a scor­ing ma­chine for the Ma­raud­ers, fir­ing three goals and adding four as­sists in their big open­ing win over the Wild­cats.

Jesse MacLennan fol­lowed with two goals and an as­sist, while Paul DiPer­sio scored twice. Sam John­son scored and as­sisted on three other goals.

Matt Brown with a goal and an as­sist and Dy­lan Bork com­pleted the scor­ing.

A goal and an as­sist from Thomas Hub­ley, named Syd­ney Acad­mey’s top player for the game, led the Wild­cats at­tack. Tyler Hop­kins and Ri­ley Porga chipped in sin­gles.

In goal, Cyril Eavis posted the win, while Kilian Sch­lem­mer suf­fered the loss. Shot to­tals were not recorded.

Round-robin play con­tin­ues to­day at 1:30 p.m. with the Wild­cats fac­ing the Dr. J.H. Gil­lis Roy­als of Antigonish. Fol­low­ing the round robin Satur­day, the two, sec­ond-place teams will play in the con­so­la­tion Sun­day at 1 p.m., fol­lowed by the divi­sion win­ners in the cham­pi­onship at 3 p.m.

T.J. Colello - Cape Bre­ton Post

Riverview Red­men goal­tender Bran­don Hanna steers a puck into the cor­ner, off a shot by Jonathan O’Brien of the Glace Bay Pan­thers, left, while Red­men de­fence­man Carl Mar­shall looks on dur­ing the open­ing day of play at the 33rd an­nual Red Cup Show­case high school hockey tour­na­ment Thurs­day at the County Recre­ation Cen­tre. Riverview won the game, 9-3.

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