The North Island Silvertips broke their streak of weekend splits, by taking three of four points from the Thompson Blazers on Saturday and Sunday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.
The 'Tips rallied to tie the Blazers 3-3 on Saturday and then hammered them 6-1 on Sunday to improve to 5-4-1 this B.C. Major Midget Hockey League season.
On Saturday, Grady McInnes, Hunter Findlater and Carter Turnbull scored for North Island. Turnbull added two assists, and scored the tying goal.
Liam Young was in net for the tie.
On Sunday, McInnes, Matthew O'Dwyer, Trent Bell, Matthew Cahill, Bo Lewis and Tyler Madden scored, while John Hawthorne picked up the win in net. Most importantly, they got points out of both games this weekend.
"With the whole standings race, teams are starting to collect points and the top teams are starting to gain ground on the bottom teams, so you want to keep getting points so you can stay with them," said Silvertips head coach Jason Dubyna.
The only knock from the weekend is that it could have been all four points. A bad second period on Saturday cost the Silvertips. They had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes, but let the Blazers back in the game.
Thompson tied it and then took the lead with a short-handed goal in the third period.
Turnbull managed to tie it with 14 seconds left in the game.
North Island built off of that momentum on Sunday, playing one of their more complete games of the year.
They will need a similar effort next weekend when they travel to Kelowna to play the first place Okanagan Rockets, who have lost just once in seven games, this weekend blowing out the Kootenay Ice 6-0 and 12-0. "They'll be a good skating team. .. and they've got some fire power in their line up," said Dubyna.
"Our goal, having played these two teams (Kootenay and Thompson) was try to get to playing consistently throughout the game, in all periods. It was a good stepping stone, and now going up against a strong team, now we can't let off, because we'll be down if do."
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