Two goals from Matt Crawford helped propel Central Service Station to an early edge in their best-of-three semifinal series against Skinner’s Pharmacy.
The top-seeded stationeers also received goals from MacKenzie Noseworthy and Sheldon McIsaac as the Bay St. George Ball Hockey League playoffs kicked off Tuesday at the Siki Bennett Memorial Stadium.
John Walsh provided the lone scoresheet entry for the pharmacists.
Crawford opened the scoring at 13:11 of the opening half, assisted by Noseworthy.
Walsh pulled the pharmacists even at 10:53 of the period, with Elvis Barron credited with the assist.
Noseworthy struck just 1:02 after that, however, to give his side a lead they would not relinquish. Freddy Cutler drew the assist.
Crawford’s second goal of the night came with 5:18 remaining in the first, assisted by Jason MacIsaac.
McIsaac closed out the scoring at 11:25 of the second, with Mike Hawco picking up the helper on the play.
P.J. White was victorious in goal, with Steven Hancock suffering the loss.
In the other semifinal series, third seed Harvey Gale & Son upset second-ranked Clancy’s Pub 8-6 to take a 1-0 lead in that best-of-three affair.
Tyler Cornect put up four goals in the victory, while Brent White added a pair. Chris Dohaney and Simon Sheppard accounted for the other two goals.
Brandon Nicholas potted a hat trick in the losing cause, while Dylan Noseworthy buried two and Brandon O’Neil scored once.
Hunter Woodfine was the winning netminder, while Ryan Saunders came out on the losing end.