SPRINGDALE, NL — The importance of a Game 2 victory in a short series was evident on the scoreboard early and often for the Springdale Braves Friday night in their quest for a three-peat of the Green Bay Cup hockey series.
The guys in blue took it to the Triton Combines, building 3-0 and 4-1 leads in the first period, and then responded late to take an 8-4 win to even the series on home ice at one game apiece.
Ryan Cull opened the scoring three and a half minutes into the game, with teammate Josh Osmond adding to the lead just a minute and a half later. Scott Doody netted his first of four in the game shortly after, and the hometown Braves appeared on the brink of blowing this one open.
Jarvis Budgell got the Combines on the scoreboard near the midway mark of the period, as Triton began building toward a comeback in a game two of the rival series that has been over a month in the waiting.
Sherman McKay restored the three-goal lead for Springdale with just over two minutes left in the first period. However, Ryan Burton would give the Combines a lift heading into the intermission with a goal with only 20 seconds left on the clock.
Clinton Roberts ended a long scoring drought in the second period as he brought the away team within a goal after nearly 10 minutes of scoreless play. It was a two-goal game again just over a minute later when Doody netted his second of the contest.
It was almost all Braves in the third, with Doody again setting the tone just 35 seconds into the period with his hat trick goal. Jordan Snow scored his lone goal about three and a half minutes later, and Doody put his fourth on the board to build an 8-3 advantage.
Brady Winsor scored the game’s final goal with six minutes left in the game.
Doody added an assist in this one for a five-point night, while Osmond came up big with a goal and three assists. Snow collected a goal and two assists in the victory.
Adam Green had a pair of assist as the only Combines player two register more than a single point.
Triton had won the best three-out-of-five series opener 7-6 in overtime Jan 5 in Triton.