Gryphons sweep Vikings in high school hockey action
Slow start hinders ARHS on Sunday
- The North Nova Gryphons scored a trio of early goals and never looked back en route to a 6-2 win over the ARHS Vikings in Northern Nova Scotia High School Hockey League action on Sunday.
“We didn’t have a very good start and they’re too good a team to do that against,” Vikings’ coach Wayne MacKenzie said. “Once we settled down we played a lot better, but we really struggled in the first five minutes.”
Colin Holmes opened the scoring just 1:10 into the opening period before Austin Mason scored just over a minute later.
Jacob Pentz capped it off at the 4:16 mark when he shoved a loose puck by Vikings’ goalie Nick McCormick.
After Ryan MacDonald scored his first of two early in the second period to give the Division 1 Gryphons a four-goal cushion, the Vikings rallied with Kansas Hart scoring on a slapshot from the point at 6:17 with Reuben MacKenzie and Brody Deegan adding assists.
MacKenzie pulled the Vikings to within a goal when he tipped Brandon Greeno’s point shot by Gryphons’ goalie Kieran MacGillivray at 16:45 of the middle frame.
MacDonald with his second and Chris Booker scored in the third to round out scoring in the game for North Nova.
McCormick faced 44 shots in the Vikings’ net.
On Friday night in Trenton, the Gryphons struck for five third period goals against a tired Vikings’ club en route to a 6-3 win. Amherst led the game 2-1 after two periods. MacDonald scored two goals for North Nova while Kirklin Murray, Pentz, Taylor Publicover and Parker Stewart also scored.
MacKenzie, Landon Clarke and Brady Davis scored for the Vikings with MacKenzie, Davis, Hart and Dylan Baker adding assists.
Evan MacKenzie faced more than 70 shots in the game for Amherst.