Glacier Kings grab 2-1 lead in VIJHL playoff series
Forget the hot dogs and fries.
Goose eggs are are the hottest selling item at the Comox Valley Sports Centre and Panorama Recreation Centre during the second round of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League playoffs.
All three games in the Comox Valley Glacier Kings vs. Peninsula Panthers semifinal series have resulted in shutouts, with the Yetis' Michael Hails showing he is well-deserving of his VIJHL 2013-14 Top Goaltender award by blanking the Panthers in Game 2 and Game 3 to give his team a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven series.
Peninsula won the series opener 2-0 on March 4 in Courtenay behind the 24-save effort of Stephen Heslop. The Icemen evened the series March 7 in Peninsula with a 3-0 win, with Hails making 28 saves.
In a key Game 3 in Courtenay on March 8, Hails was once again unbeatable, turning aside 39 shots to backstop the G-Kings to a 4-0 win.
Game 4 went March 10 in Peninsula, with result unavailable at press time. Game 5 goes March 12 in Courtenay with game time 7 p.m. at Sports Centre #1.
Along with sensational goaltending by Hails, the Yetis have got their special teams working. on Game 3 Saturday night, Comox Valley went 2-for-7 on the power play and successfully killed all seven of the Panthers' man-advantage situations.
After a scoreless first period, Duncan Pernal potted the only goal the Glacier Kings would need at 0:45 of the second on the power play. Derian Hamilton lit the lamp at 2:09 and Jordan Kamprath made it 3-0 with his power-play goal at 12:14. Eric Margo's unassisted shorthanded goal at 12:15 of the third sealed the deal.
Hails was first star, Kamprath (1g, 2a) was second star and Quinlan Moore (2a) was third star.
Friday night in Peninsula the Yetis went 2-for-17 on the power play while the Panthers were 0-for-11 in the G-Kings 3-0 win.
Liam Shaw in the first period, Dallas Maxwell in the second on the PP, and Cody Eliason unassisted on the PP in the third did the damage for the visitors.
Hails was the first star while Eliason was the second star.
The winner of the Comox Valley vs. Peninsula series meets the winner of the Victoria Cougars vs. Campbell River Storm series. The Cougars hold a 2-1 lead.