Elliot Linton scored a pair of power-play goals and added two assists to lead the Pine Creek Eagles to a 6-2 victory over the Coronado Cougars on Wednesday night at the Sertich Ice Center.
The Metro Hockey League victory was the third in seven games for Pine Creek. Coronado fell to 2-5. Pine Creek jumped on top at the four-minute mark of the first period when Ryan Smith took a feed from Brian Scott and slapped a 15-footer past Cougars goaltender Matt Willemyns. That score held up until 47 seconds remained in the opening period when Coronado found itself on a 3-on-1 break. With only Linton back, Coronado captain Parker Harrison easily beat goaltender Brandon Bird to tie the game. Harrison put the Cougars ahead at 3:15 of the second period with a 40-foot slap shot, but Jarrod Saunders replied with an almost identical shot for Pine Creek, tying the score 2-2 four minutes later. It was the first of five straight Pine Creek goals, the next two coming after a pair of interference calls on Harrison. Linton scored on a wraparound at 9:01 and, after a Coronado goal was called off when Harrison collided with Willemyns, he scored on a flurry in front to break it open at 13:54. “Our line worked really well,” Linton said. “ We just go and get it, and we know where each other is all the time.” Goals by Colin Martel and Nick Galvin (breakaway) completed the scoring. Willemyns made 31 saves while Bird knocked away 18. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0250 or firstname.lastname@example.org