Wildcats use third period rally to defeat Redmen in overtime
SYDNEY — The Sydney Academy Wildcats bounced back from a seemingly insurmountable 5-1 deficit early in the third to nip the Riverview Redmen, 7-6, in overtime in Cape Breton High School Hockey League action at Centre 200, Wednesday night.
Kenny MacInnis played the hero for the Wildcats with four goals, including the overtime winner, and one assist.
The Redmen were up 4-1 after one period of play on goals by Kyle Mulley, Cory Youden, Mark Knickle and Mitch MacDougall, three of which were short-handed.
Colton Abraham netted the lone first-period marker for the Wildcats.
Riverview’s Zack Walsh potted the lone goal of the second stanza to put the Redmen up 5-1 after two periods.
Then Sydney Academy came alive. MacInnis scored his first 1:57 into the third, followed by an Andrew MacPhee goal at 3:04 and another by MacInnis at 13:29.
Mulley then netted his second of the night for Riverview, on the empty net, with 44 seconds left in the game.
Sydney Academy’s Kevin Cormier scored with 31 seconds remaining to bring the home team within one and MacInnis potted the tying goal with seven seconds left in the match to eventually force overtime.
MacInnis went on to score the winner in extra time.
In nets for the Wildcats, Gabe Dowie stopped eight shots in the first, after which he was replaced by Kilian Schlemmer, who went on to make 20 saves. In goal for the Redmen, Chad MacDonald deflected 30 shots.
Riverview Redmen goalie Chad MacDonald deflects a shot by Sydney Academy Wildcats captain Kenny MacInnis, right, during Cape Breton High School Hockey League play at Centre 200, Wednesday night. The Wildcats won 7-6 in overtime.