Midget Tyees clip Nanaimo, take playoff lead

Nic Kirchner was in the net for the Tyees who opened the scoring on the power play

Travis Goodwin was thwarted during Saturday’s Midget Tyees playoff game against Nanaimo clippers. The Tyees didn’t miss much

On Saturday, the No 1 Auto Body Midget Tyees, hosted the Nanaimo Clippers at Rod Brinda’amour Arena in the Tyees’ second play-off game.

Nic Kirchner was in the net for the Tyees who opened the scoring on the power play at 13:45, when Travis Goodwin put home a rebound off a shot by defenseman Matt Barker.

The play was fairly even throughout the first period. Campbell River got a late goal at 11:14 when Jake Mckenzie took a hit along the boards to make a pass to Travis Goodwin, who then zipped a pass to Tyson Goebel in the slot. Goebel’s shot beat the Clipper’s goalie high glove side.

The first period ended with the Tyees up 2-0.

Just into the second period at 17:10, the Clippers got on the board, when a loose puck off a rebound was shot past the Tyees’ goalie Kirchner.

The Tyees answered at 11:09 when a point shot was tipped by Goebel and ended up on the stick of Travis Goodwin who shot it into a wide open net.  The Tyees added a fourth goal at 10:23 when Nathan Hoff took a shot from the right side which the Clippers goalie kicked out to Brayden McCartney, who fired it high into the open side of the net.

The second period break found the Tyees up by a score of 4-1.  At 8:04, shortly after play resumed, the Clippers won a puck battle in the Tyees’ zone and the puck was fired high glove side to tally the Clipper’s second goal.

At 6:21, Travis Goodwin banged home a rebound off a shot by Tyson Goebel for the Tyees’ fifth goal.

The Tyees started the third period up 5-2.  At 19:02 of the period, the Clippers took a tripping penalty, which lead to a Tyees power play goal at 17:24, when Jake Mckenzie took a pass from Travis Goodwin for a tap in goal.

The Tyees got a second power play goal at 6:10 on a three way passing play.

Defenseman  Cole Rennie carried the puck into the offensive zone, then passed to Kalem Penner, who slipped a pass to  Keaton Dion it past the Clippers goalie.

Then Campbell River got into some penalty trouble late in the game.  Goalie Nic Kirchner made several key saves, but gave up a third goal as a result of a Tyees defensive zone break down.

During the game the Tyees were assessed four minor penalties to the Clippers eight.

On Saturday, the Tyees will travel to Powell River to play the Kings for game three of their North Island zone playoffs.