TCHL: OK Tire keeps rolling

Re/Max stumbled last week dropping a pair of games, while OK Tire continued to roll over the competition.

In Trail Commercial Hockey League action, Re/Max stumbled last week dropping a pair of games, while OK Tire continued to roll over the competition with a 6-2 drubbing of the realtors on Friday and a 5-3 win over Gericks on Sunday.

The Tire jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead on Gericks and never looked back, with Paul Matteucci netting his fourth of the season on a gritty individual effort to open the scoring at 16:50. Kyle Boutin scored his fifth of the season on a set up from Peter Sheets, and Sheets would make it 3-0 two minutes into the second period on a Matteucci feed. The Tire went ahead 4-0 when Troy Palmer beat Gericks goalie Mike Kooznetsoff at the 20 minute mark.

Gericks got on the board when Craig Clare converted a set up from Ross McDonnell and Gord Aiken, and drew within two at 7:45 on a marker from Mark Langille.

Evan McKay put the game out of reach for the Tire on a set up from Shane Drake at 2:30, despite a late marker from McDonnell, who had three points on the night, to make it 5-3 one minute later.

In Sunday’s other match, Allstar’s Tristan Read scored the winner at 4:39 of the third period to complete the comeback in a dramatic 5-3 win over Re/Max. The realtors jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead on goals from Paul Barclay and a pair from Riley Deadmarsh. But Allstar began the comeback early in the second when Corey Neal scored on a pass from Andrew Jenner, and Jenner made it 3-2 at 12:40 on a Derek Steep feed. Neal notched his second of the night and fifth of the season on another Jenner assist to tie it at the 10:15 mark. After Read notched the winner, Colton Semenok scored his eighth goal of the campaign to ice it with 3:39 to play.

The win keeps Allstar one point behind third place Arlington, a team they tied Friday night 5-5. The 11-10-3 Re/Max meanwhile falls eight points behind the Tire in first place with 33 points, and just two points up on the Big A.

Play resumes Thursday night with OK Tire taking on Gericks at 7:15 p.m. and Re/Max facing Arlington at 8:30 p.m.