Home opener: Ryson Penguins honour Davies, earn OT win

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LANTZ: Captain Clutch came through when it counted for the East Hants Ryson Construction Penguins.

Andrew Hines’ game winning goal early in overtime capped off a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win for the Pens over the tough Spryfield Attack in their home opener at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz on Sept. 29.

Chad Nemis scored twice, including one on the power-play; and Andrew Antonio had the other tallies as East Hants rallied from 3-1 down to earn the two points for the victory.

The Pens hosted Spryfield in their home opener. (Healey photo)

Hines, Hunter Christmas, David McGrath, Dustin Culberson, Mitch Urquhart, and Brandon Cuvelier each contributed single helpers.

Jacob Gibbons stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced. East Hants peppered the Attack net with 44 pucks.

East Hants opened the season with a 4-3 overtime win in Springhill over Cumberland County. Rory Gillis led the way with a pair of goals, while Brandon O’Neil made 41 saves in goal.

The Pens were to play in Sackville on Oct. 1.

Hunter Christmas of the Penguins tries to get around a Spryfield Attack defender but gets taken into the boards during a Jr C game at the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz on Sept. 29. (Healey photo)

Before the home opener, the Pens recognized three overage players from last year’s squad and awarded the inaugural Bud Davies Memorial Trophy to Ryan Jefferies.

The trophy is named after the late Bud Davies, well-known in the East Hants hockey circles and coach of the HERH Tigers when he suddenly passed away.

East Hants has a dozen local players who either have grown up here or have gone through the minor hockey system.

Rory Gillis of the East Hants Penguins looks for an open teammate during game action against the Spryfield Attack on Sept. 29 at the Keith Miller Arena in the East Hants Sportsplex in Lantz. (Healey photo)