Grady McInnes, recently reassigned from a stint with the Campbell River Storm, has quickly found a place with the Campbell River Tyees midgets.
McInnes scored a second-period hat trick in the span of five-and-a-half minutes, and finished with four goals Sunday as the Tyees rolled to an 8-2 win over visiting Oceanside in Tier 2 North hockey playoff action at Rod Brind’Amour Arena.
The midgets improved to 2-0 in round-robin play with their last two games coming up this weekend — Saturday at home at 1 p.m. against Comox Valley, and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Nanaimo. One win would clinch the Tyees a spot in the Vancouver Island Tier 2 semifinals, while wins in both games would assure the squad top seed from the North and a home semifinal game.
After goals by Tyler Dickson and Keaton Dion staked the Tyees to a 2-0 first-period lead Sunday, McInnes went to work. He got his first goal 2:15 into the second and, after Oceanside responded with an unassisted breakaway by Ben Mohl eight seconds later, added goals at 3:45 and at 7:43 to send the team into the second intermission with a 5-1 lead.
For good measure, McInnes opened the third period with his fourth goal, off an assist from Dickson.
McInnes joined the Tyees, along with defenseman Devyn Grant, after the Storm made a deadline deal Jan. 10 for forward Reece Costain and goalie Riley Welyk. McInnes and Grant remain with the Storm as affiliated players.
Dickson finished with two goals and Darian Swift added a tally for the hosts. Dion and Matt Barker had two assists each and Owen Boyd, Doug Campbell, Swift, Travis Goodwin and Tyson Dumont added singles.
Goalie Mike Sampson, who allowed a second, meaningless goal with 1:16 left to play, picked up the win in net while helping his cause with an assist.