Terrace River Kings 7 Whitehorse Huskies 6
Kelowna Sparta 6 North Island Capitals 1
Standings after day 2
Kelowna - 2-0-0
Terrace - 1-1-0
Whitehorse - 1-1-0
North Island - 0-2-0
By Marissa Tiel on March 30, 2017
After staging the comeback of the season against the Terrace River Kings last night, the Whitehorse Huskies fell just short of improving their Coy Cup round-robin record to 2-0-0. After exciting final minutes in the third period, they fell 7-6 to Terrace.
“It’s definitely tough when you’re down a few goals like that,” said Huskies forward Ted Stephens. “Their goalie was hot. You can’t get frustrated and you just have to keep working hard.”
Stephens, who was named the game’s second star, had two goals and two assists last night and combined with linemates Kevin Petovello and Derek Klassen for 10 points.
“Just a couple lucky bounces,” said Terrace goalie Patrick Leal, who was strong between the pipes for the River Kings.
“We had a bit of puck luck today and it just happened to go our way.”
Petovello got the Huskies on the board first, finding the back of the net off of a rebound from Stephens. Klassen also picked up an assist.
With Kane Dawe in the box for roughing, Terrace’s Steve Cullis tied up the game.
Stephens then scored with assists from Klassen and Petovello to go up 2-1 after the first frame.
Momentum shifted in the second period as Terrace had three unanswered goals, including a pair from Luke Gordon, who was named the game’s first star.
The Huskies entered the third period down 4-2.
Less than two minutes into the last period, Klassen got the Huskies within one, making it 4-3.
A back and forth ensued, with River King’s Colton Braid making it 5-3 on a breakaway. Ben Reinbolt added to the buffer, to make it 6-3.
Then Stephens came back to score unassisted and bring the Huskies within two.
Down by three goals with minutes remaining in the game, the Huskies found the back of the net past Terrace goalie Patrick Leal, who had his first start of the tournament.
Huskies captain Evan Campbell and Adam Henderson got the Huskies within one with less than a minute remaining.
“We were down three there with two minutes left and we were kind of – it wasn’t looking good,” said Stephens. “But we scored two quick ones and definitely it gave us kind of a new life there.
“It was close, but I mean, we’re still in it so we can’t complain.”
The Huskies and the River Kings go to 1-1-0 and are tied for second in the round-robin standings.
“A complete rebound for us, it was awesome,” said Leal of the win. “We definitely needed it.”
The River Kings dropped their first game against the Kelowna Sparta yesterday.
“They’re (Huskies) a heck of a team and they did not stop at all so we’re really happy with ourselves right now. Huge win.”
In the night’s other game, the Kelowna Sparta beat the North Island Capitals 6-1.
The Sparta remain the team to beat at their first trip to the Coy Cup with a 2-0-0 record.
They face Whitehorse tonight and are expected to have reinforcements arriving to face the host Huskies at 7 p.m. tonight after having only 11 players and two goalies for their opening game.
“Kelowna is a good team,” said Stephens. “They’re all good skaters so we’re going to have to move our feet and play hard ... just tighten up a bit and I think we’ll be fine.”
The Capitals (0-2-0) need a win tonight against the Terrace River Kings to stay in the tournament. Puck drop for that game is 4 p.m.