Dalbrae snaps third-period tie with SAERC to win Div. 2 hockey title
Inverness goaltender Dominic Keigan came out to challenge Dalbrae’s Matt Ellis, but the league MVP still managed to slip the puck past the post and into the net in Sunday’s regional semifinal game.
-by Bill Dunphy
In a tournament filled with lopsided scores, the Dalbrae Dragons and SAERC Saints put together an exciting championship game in Sunday’s final of the NSSAF Highland Region Division 2 boys’ hockey tournament.
Played over four days at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, the two elite teams played to a 4-4 tie after two periods.
But midway through the third frame, Dalbrae’s depth proved deadly with three unanswered goals for a 7-4 win.
“That late goal was kind of a dagger,” said Dalbrae coach Ardell Hawley, referring to Brady White’s goal with seven seconds left in the second period to tie it.
“We knew the momentum had shifted and it felt like we were losing. If we could get 10 minutes of 0-0 hockey, we knew we had the high-end skill to win it and it came through in the third.”