Riverview Redmen open with rout at Red Cup
Memorial puts the run on Sydney Academy at the 33rd annual tournament
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.
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.