Gryphons sweep Vik­ings in high school hockey ac­tion

Slow start hin­ders ARHS on Sun­day

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - SPORTS - THE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

- 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.

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