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Prince Rupert rep teams face off with Smithers Storm
Two of Prince Rupert rep teams faced off with the Smithers Storm this weekend, but were unable to pick up a victory on the ice.
On Saturday Smithers’ Bobby Joe Love opened the scoring just over halfway through the first, which was followed less than three minutes later by a Ross Dubeck goal to give Smithers a 2-0 lead. But Prince Rupert captain Jordan Aubee put the Seawolves on the board with just under four minutes to play, making it 2-1 leading into the second.
And Aubee just kept coming, tying things up with 18:10 to play and completing the natural hat trick with 12:11 to go to give Prince Rupert the 3-2 lead. Smithers’ Owen Rowsell made it 3-3 with 2:42 to go, setting up an exciting finish.
But early in the third Smithers scored three goals in less than four minutes to take a 6-3 lead, and while Brett Carey would tally a goal with 5:42 to go it was too little too late as Smithers took a 6-4 victory.
The following day Smithers came out firing on all cylinders and amassing a 4-0 lead through the first 20 minutes. Prince Rupert would lessen the gap with a pair of goals by Aubee with 19:10 and 17:43 to play, but two goals in 20 seconds by Smithers’ Owen Rowsell would put the game out of reach as Smithers would score once more in the third to take a 7-2 win.
After losing 9-3 on Saturday, the bantam reps looked for revenge on Sunday.
Smithers’ Riley Coish picked up the lone goal of the first period and three goals in less than 90 seconds had the Seawolves down 4-0 early in the second. But the team rallied back on a natural hat trick by Tyler Matalone who scored with 15:24 and 2:03 left to play in the second and again with 14:53 to go in the final frame to pull Prince Rupert to within one. But Smithers tallied four goals in just over two minutes midway through the third to win 8-3.