The Saanich Braves celebrate one of their six goals in Wednesday night's win over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

Comox Valley Glacier Kings fall 6-3 to Saanich Braves in VIJHL action

Yetis in Campbell River on Nov. 4 then home Nov. 5 to play Nanaimo

Sometimes shots on goal don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes they do.

Hockey historians will one day determine which, if either, was the case Nov. 2 at George Pearkes Arena when the Saanich Braves outshot the Comox Valley Glacier Kings 52-33 en route to a 6-3 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League victory.

On paper, the Wednesday night tilt appears to be a blowout for the Braves. On the ice, it was much closer than the final three-goal margin indicates.

The Yetis grabbed their only lead of the game at 17:33 of the opening period when Liam Nijhoff netted his fourth goal of the season, a powerplay marker.

The Braves equalized early in the second courtesy of Evan Badry. Then the game opened up, with the teams combining for five goals in the final six minutes of the middle stanza, during which time Saanich outshot Comox Valley 19-9.

Brandon Fushimi put the home team up 2-1 at 14:05, with Zachary Ahola pulling the visitors even just 11 seconds later. Saanich struck at 15:51 (Evan Horvath) and 17:39 (Dale McCabe) to establish a 4-2 lead before G-Kings’ leading scorer Finn Withey zinged the strings at 19:15 to pull the Icemen to within one.

But that was as close as the Yetis would come.

Connor Birmingham made it 5-3 Saanich at 8:04 of the third, then Scott Henderson took the worry out of being close with an empty-netter at 18:46 to secure the win for the South Division leading Braves.

Marcus Gloss took the loss while Riley Mathieson posted the win. Fushimi (1g, 2a) and Horvath (1g, 2a) led the Braves’ attack while Ahola (1g, 1a) and Jackson Gibson (2a) were the top Yeti point getters.

The Glacier Kings (12-5-0-1), sitting second in the North Division, return to action Friday, Nov. 4 in Campbell River hoping to gain ground on the first place Storm (16-3-0-0), whom they trail by seven points. Game time is 7:30 p.m. at Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

The Icemen are home this Saturday, Nov. 5 when they host the Nanaimo Buccaneers. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1.

ICE CHIPS The G-Kings killed all three Saanich power plays and held league-leading scorer Guerra (22g, 12a) to just two helpers … Withey is fourth in league scoring with 25 points (13g, 12a) through 17 games …

 

Just Posted

Everybody Deserves A Smile back for its 15th year

Local students leading the charge of spreading Christmas cheer to the Valley’s most vulnerable

Comox Valley Operation Christmas Child shoebox drive entering final days

Deadline for donations is Saturday, November 17

2019 dog licenses now available for Comox Valley Regional District electoral area residents

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) requires all dogs over six months… Continue reading

Agreement signed to purchase, restore, manage Kus-kus-sum

A memorandum of understanding has been officially signed to purchase, restore and… Continue reading

Cumberland moves one step closer to single-use plastic ban

Council discussed a phased ban, starting with plastic bags and straws

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Tinder sex assault suspect charged; additional alleged victims sought

Vincent Noseworthy of Alberta is accused of aggravated sexual assault, unlawful confinement and more

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Drug-related deaths double for B.C. youth in care, advocate says

Teens say positive connections with adults key to recovery

Oyster River Fire Rescue qualifies for improved water supply service

Oyster River Fire Rescue has successfully qualified for Superior Tanker Shuttle Service.… Continue reading

Children’s strawberry-flavoured medicines recalled due to faulty safety cap

Three different acetaminophen syrups part of nationwide recall

Around the BCHL: Junior A cities to host World Junior tuneup games

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

International students hit hard by B.C. tuition fee hikes

Campaign seeks regulatory controls be imposed on post-secondary institutions

Most Read