STEPHENVILLE Ian MacDonald scored three times, including the game-winner, as the Stephenville High Spartans doubled up the Elwood‚ÄąHigh Lakers at the Stephenville Dome Tuesday night.
William Bailey, Cody White and Trevor Snow also scored in the win put the Spartans in striking distance of the third-place Lakers in the West Coast High School Hockey League standings.
Jacob Bennett, Darren Gould and Jared Bartlett responded in the losing cause.
Francis Felix backstopped the win between the pipes, with Tristan Moss suffering the defeat.
‚ÄúThe Lakers have got a really good team, so we‚Äôre real happy to come out with the win,‚ÄĚ‚Äąsaid Spartans coach Kevin‚ÄąGreen.
Bailey got the ball rolling for the Spartans, at 7:07 of the opening period, from Ian Kearley and Dawson Drake.
That was it for the offensive production until the 6:10 mark of the second, when White buried one from Snow and Drake to make it 2-0.
Bennett then got the Lakers on the board at 7:54, from Bartlett, but the celebration was short-lived, as the Spartans charged back at 8:46 on MacDonald‚Äôs first of the night. George Young assisted.
From there, the two teams traded three goals, all coming exactly a minute apart from the next.
Gould scored unassisted at 11:22 to pull the Lakers back to within one, but MacDonald scored again at 12:22, from‚ÄąEvan Rouzes, to restore the two-goal advantage. Then Bartlett notched an unassisted marker at 13:22 to bring the Lakers close again.
The charge ended there, however, as the third period belonged to the home team.
MacDonald completed his hat trick at 3:38, from Devon‚ÄąRyan, before Snow capped the scoring at 13:14, from‚ÄąGeorge‚ÄąYoung, giving his team the 6-3 win.
‚ÄúThey key was how we played hard and forechecked really well,‚ÄĚ‚Äąsaid Green. ‚ÄúThe boys have been working hard and we got some good bounces tonight.‚ÄĚ
The Corner Brook‚ÄąRegional High Titans and Gros Morne Academy Panthers still lead the league with 6-3-0 records, followed by the Lakers at 5-4-0. The Spartans improve to 4-5-0, while the St. James Regional High Saints sit with a 1-7-0 record thus far.