Austin and Eveleigh provide stormy start in Blizzard win

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Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Atom Hockey Tournament

CORNER BROOK  It didn’t take linemates Eric Austin and Nathan Eveleigh long to make their mark on the Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Atom Hockey Tournament in Corner Brook Friday.

The Corner Brook duo traded goals back and forth en route to a hat trick apiece, as their Corner Brook Blizzard team downed the Corner Brook Thunder 8-1 in the tournament opener at the Pepsi Centre.

Austin assisted on two of Eveleigh’s three goals for five points, while Eveleigh was the set up guy on one of Austin’s markers.

It was Eveleigh who set the tone just over four minutes into the 15-minute, straight-time first period with a solo effort, and Austin made it a 2-0 lead just over two minutes later.

The game reached a lull, at least on the scoreboard, until Eveleigh made it 3-0 with just over a minute and a half left in the second. Exactly a minute later, Austin made it a four-goal cushion for the Blizzard.

It was the Thunder’s Zachery Etheridge who responded early in the third, but there would be no momentum from their lone goal. Austin completed the hat trick just over two minutes into the third and his linemate joined him with the trickery at the six-minute mark.

Braden White and Michael Normore-Wells rounded out the scoring for the Blizzard to close the contest.

Austin, named player of the game for the Blizzard, said it was a team win that enabled his team to dominate the tournament opener.

“Passing the puck,” he said was key.

Austin is looking forward to getting back on the ice again today. The Blizzard will find themselves playing some unfamiliar foes on Day 2 — with their morning game scheduled against a Deer Lake team and an afternoon affair with a Stephenville squad, before it’s back against another Deer Lake team in the evening.

Meanwhile, Sam Antle said it was a rough game because his team were short a few of their key players because of other commitments.

“It was a really tough game,” he said.

With a stronger lineup expected in the remainder of the tournament, the young skater believes his team will rebound just fine from the opening loss.

“I think it’s going to be good fun,” Antle said. “I think we have a good chance. We can bounce back from this one.”

The following is a look at the tournament’s other opening-night matchup.

 

Corner Brook Pylons 5, Corner Brook Snipers 3

Nathan King scored twice for the Pylons, while teammates Jack O’Neil, Gabe Royals, and Colby House added single goals.

Jacob Staples replied with two goals for the Snipes, and Ben Smith added the other goal.

 

Twitter: WS_CoryHurley

Organizations: Pepsi Centre.Austin, Colby House

Geographic location: Austin, CORNER BROOK, Deer Lake

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