A NEHL (Northeast Houseleague) triple-header dominated local minor hockey action Thursday night at the Carmichael Arena, with two of the three encounters going right down to the wire.
In the opening Peewee battle, the Copper Cliff Hawks got a late goal from Danny Schmidt, earning a 3-3 draw with the SMHA Lakers. Joseph Colasimone and Frank Zikopoulos rounded out the scoring for the Hawks, with Zacharie Brunette, Riley Yourth and Bradley Bertrand countering for the Lakers.
Carson Antonioni finished the contest with 23 saves between the pipes for Copper Cliff, while Kyle Fynn registered 18 stops of his own at the other end of the rink.
The second Peewee affair was equally well contested as Tristin Day netted a pair of goals to lead the SMHA OPP Strike Force past Valley East Fountain Tire 5-4.
Nicholas Narozanski, Ethan Williamson and Chase Bonhomme added a single tally apiece for the winners, while Miguel Dupuis, with two, Noah Richer and Bradley Desrochers replied in a losing cause.
Unfortunately, the closing bantam matchup wasn't nearly as close as the Onaping Falls Huskies continue to try and chase down the Copper Cliff Braves for top spot in the 27-team league, bouncing the Sudbury 80's Red Wings 10-4.
Ethan O'Bumsawin lead the way for the Huskies with a hat trick, with Tanner Morrison chipping in with a pair. Scoring one goal each for Onaping Falls were Brian O'Connor, Sean Brosseau, Cale Brunelle, Noah Dawson and Vance Maurice.
Josh Tillson enjoyed a two-goal outing for the Red Wings, with Andrew Prince and Sylvain Gagnon also joining him on the scoresheet. NEHL games are scheduled seven days with a week, with teams from all six divisions keeping league organizers busy.
More information on the league can be found at "http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=nehlminorhockey&sid=293627999".