It was close but no cigar for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings, as the team lost to Peninsula and Oceanside on the weekend.
“It was two very, very close games,” says Glacier King coach Jordan Kamprath. “We showed the league that we can play with anybody.”
On Friday, they traveled to North Saanich to take on the Peninsula Panthers, currently leading the south division. The host team opened the scoring in the first, but the Glacier Kings tied it up in the second period when Grady Robertson put one past Panther netminder Chris Combiadakis. Matthew Teasdale and Jordan Neufeld drew assists on the play.
The Panthers then rattled off three more goals in the period. The Kings refused to roll over though, as Neufeld scored unassisted just over five minutes into the third period and Tanner Roberts added another with a little over a minute to play. Neufeld and Noah Malthaner earned assists. Brandon Naidu got the start and turned aside 39 of 43 shots.
Peninsula went on to beat Campbell River 5-2 the next night, remaining undefeated after the weekend and atop their division.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Glacier Kings were back at home, hosting the Oceanside Generals in a low-scoring affair, which ended with a 2-0 victory for the Generals. Naidu again was in net and stopped 30 of 31 shots. The game had been deadlocked after one before Oceanside scored on the power play around eight and a half minutes into the second period. That was all the scoring until the visitors added the empty-netter with seven seconds to play.
“Veteran players Jordan Neufeld and Tanner Roberts have been playing absolutely phenomenal on the front end,” Kamprath said.
He also credited the work of the team’s five defencemen over the weekend for helping to keep the team in each of the games.
“We’re really excited to see what they’ll bring the whole season,” the coach added.
The Glacier Kings play Nanaimo on Thursday and Campbell River on Saturday.