The Citadels rode a three goal outbreak to down the Killicks 7-4, with Jason Tibbert, Craig Fizzle and Tyler Rodgers scoring to seal the win.
While the Storm outlasted the Fog, ending the night still undefeated after shutting down high-scoring forward Rob Rideout for just one goal and riding solid defence to a 5 – 2 win.
The last game of the triple header featured the Generals and the Battalion, where a goaltending battle saw Peter Kelly and Bryan Esbaugh hold both teams scoreless until midway through the second period. The Generals edged the win on a last minute goal by Todd Waite, taking a 2-1 decision.
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Citadels 7 – 4 Killicks
Chris Ryder and Craig Fizzle traded goals early, while Matt Ryder gave his team a 2-1 lead going into the second period after a nice breakaway goal when he was sent in clean on goal.
All the action was left for the second period though, with the teams combining for 8 goals and some great end to end action.
Killicks Captain Mark Keating scored his first of the year to give his team a 3-1 lead, with Scott Drake turning in a set of huge saves moments later to preserve the two goal lead.
However, the Citadels kept knocking and a pair of goals by Shawn Corbett and Tyler Rodgers tied the game up, before a John MacDonald tip in front was redirected past Drake in front to give the Citadels a 4-3 lead.
Matt Ryder tied the game back up after a break away goal, going upstairs on the backhand before taking a penalty seconds later.
That penalty set off a 3-goal in the spam of just over a minute, with Jason Tibbert, Frizzle and Rodgers all scoring and there was no turning back for the Killicks.
Player of the Game: Craig Frizzle – 2 goals
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Storm 5 – 2 Fog
It was touted as a two giants battling off, but the Storm got the better of the Fog on Monday night, using a responsible defensive game to keep the Fog at bay.
Brad Manley opened the scoring, but the lead was short lived with Mike Sack tying it up less than a minute later for the Fog.
Brent Powers let off a weak shot that handcuffed Murray Cutler, giving the storm a 2-1 lead before a typical Rob Rideout goal on a fast break tied the game up just before the end of the first period.
A flurry of penalties to start the second period saw the Fog and Storm both face extended 5-on-3 situations, but both teams were able to stand tall on the backs of solid goaltending.
Manley gave the Storm the lead midway through the second half, a big slap shot from the right of Cutler beat him high blocker and James Giffen would double the lead on the powerplay moments later.
Brad Manley added a later empty netter, completing the hat-trick and the 5 – 2 rout.
Player of the Game: Brad Manley – 3 goals
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Both the Battalion and Generals were looking to build momentum moving forward and found it in the form of outstanding goaltending.
Bryan Esbaugh and Peter Kelly stood on their heads, keeping both teams scoreless through the first period and halfway through the second, the longest a game has gone scoreless on a Sportstream broadcast.
Bob Sacre finally solved Peter Kelly, a powerplay goal that game off a tip in front and giving the Generals a 2 – 1 lead with nine minutes left.
The lead was short-lived, with Jason Budgell breaking Esbaugh’s shutout attempt and tying the game on a hot shot from the top of the face-off circle.
Todd Waite and the Generals would have the last laugh, with Waite coming off the right wing and slapping home the eventual winner over the shoulder of Kelly short side and knocking the water bottle off.
A frenzy of chances at the end of the game saw Esbaugh stand tall, a last ditch glove save preserving the 2-1 scoreline for his Generals.
Player of the Game: Bryan Esbaugh
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TZONE Hockey Night In Halifax Player of the Night: Brad Manley (Storm)
– A hat-trick of goals, including a game winner and an empty netter, capped an outstanding two-way effort by Manley and the Storm.
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