Storm batters Comox Valley in VIJHL Monday matinee
On Super Bowl Sunday, the Denver Broncos proved defence wins championships as they upset the heavily favoured Carolina Panthers 24-10.
On Family Day, Monday, the Campbell River Storm proved offence can win regular season games as they defeated the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 7-1.
The Feb. 8 matinee in Courtenay saw the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League North Division leading Storm out-shoot the Yetis 39-15. The visitors led 2-1 after one but took the worry out of being close by out-scoring the home team 4-0 in the second stanza (when the Icemen managed nine of their 15 shots on goal).
Seven different Storm players tallied goals while Brayden McCartney netted the lone G-Kings' goal. Marcus Gloss took the loss in goal.
The Glacier Kings (17-25-0-4) third straight loss leaves them third in the North Division while the Storm's (36-6-2-2) third straight win puts them two points up on the Victoria Cougars for first overall, although the Cougars have three games in hand.
The G-Kings close out the regular season with two home games: Feb. 13 against Nanaimo Buccaneers and Feb. 20 against Saanich Braves. Both are 7:30 p.m. starts at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1.
On Feb. 4 in Nanaimo, the Buccaneers built a 3-1 first period lead over the G-Kings on just nine shots. But the Bucs didn't stop there. They added two more in the second period to open a 5-2 lead en route to a 6-3 victory.
Gloss started in goal for the Icemen but was pulled in favour of Braddock Otton at 2:10 of the second period after Nanaimo had upped their lead to 4-1.
The Bucs out-shot the Yetis 34-28, with Alex Orth earning the win in the Nanaimo net. Comox Valley went 1-for-5 on the power play while Nanaimo was 3-for-7. Curtis Csuk, Brandon McReynolds and Liam Nijhoff tallied for the Yetis.
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