The defending champion O’Leary Maroons (1-3) got their first win of the West Prince Senior Hockey League season Friday night, a convincing 7-2 victory over the visiting Tyne Valley Tornadoes.
Mike Adams, who led the Maroons with three goals and one assist, tied the game at 1-1 on the breakaway with 6:44 remaining in the first period and he scored again with 3:11 remaining in the period to give the Maroons a 3-1 lead and they never looked back.
The Tornades’ Adam Ballum reduced the Maroons lead to 3-2 half-way through the second but the Maroons responded with three more goals before the period ended.
The game, which marked the league’s return to full 20-minute periods was played before 675 at the O’Leary Community Sports Centre.
The Maroons took eight of the game’s 12 minors and they scored two short-handed goals (Wade Sweet and Mike MacIsaac). Scott Bernard, Maroons and Kyle Sark, Tornadoes, drew fighting majors and game misconducted for a spirited third-period tussle
Also scoring for the Maroons, who received solid goaltending from Chase Dyment, were Mike MacIsaac (1-1), Matt Stewart (1-1), Wade Sweet and Tyson Carragher. Assists were credited to Aaron Sweet (3), Jordan MacIsaac (3), Zack Stewart (2) and Jeff MacIsaac.
Connor Dillon opened the scoring for the Tornadoes. Picking up other assists were Matt Ballum, TJ Campbell and Lucas Dyment.