The Neely Cup got underway Thursday afternoon at Winterhawks Skating Center. The teams play two 30-minute games with a running clock, switching ends in between.
The first matchup of the day was Team Deadmarsh vs. Team Hossa. The first contest between the two teams ended in a 2-2 tie. Presten Kopeck and Jason Trott scored for Team Hossa, while Joey Baker and Nic Petan found the back of the bet for Team Deadmarsh.
Trott would score again for Team Hossa in the second game, but it was his squad’s lone tally as Team Deadmarsh came away with a 4-1 win. The score was tied 1-1 late, until Team Deadmarsh’s Keanan Patershuk scored with 1:37 to go to give his team a 2-1 lead. Team Deadmarsh then added two empty net goals from Evan Anderson and Steen Cooper
The second doubleheader of the day featured Team Ference taking on Team Messier. The first game between the two was tied 1-1 late until Team Ference got a goal from Nolan Kinney with just over three minutes remaining that would stand as the winner in a 2-1 victory.
After Team Ference took an early 1-0 lead in the second game, Team Messier came back with goals by Brad Ross (wearing Messier’s #11 during the tourney) and Ryan Collins to take a 2-1 lead. Team Ference would tie it at 2-2 with five minutes remaining on a goal by Tyler Sandhu, then get the winner with just 2:37 left on the clock when Ryan Norman scored to give Team Ference the victory.
After Day 1, the standings look like this:
Team Ference: 2-0
Team Deadmarsh: 1-0-1
Team Hossa: 0-1-1
Team Messier: 0-2
Neely Cup action continues Friday beginning at 4 p.m. at Winterhawks Skating Center.