Comox Valley Glacier Kings grab second place in VIJHL North Division

A pair of wins over the Oceanside Generals has vaulted the Comox Valley Glacier Kings into second place in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League North Division.

In a home-and-away with the North Division cellar dwellers, the Yetis won 7-4 Nov. 7 in Courtenay and 5-4 Nov. 8 in Parksville.

The victories improved the Glacier Kings’ record to 11-6-1-3 and has them one point up on third place Nanaimo Buccaneers (12-7-0-1) and five points back of first place Campbell River Storm (15-12-1-0).

On Nov. 8 at Oceanside Place, the Icemen built a 5-1 lead through two periods then hung on for the 5-4 win as the Generals scored three goals on nine shots in the final frame.

Final shots on goal were 39-25 Comox Valley, with Riley Mathieson picking up the win. The G-Kings went 3-for-11 on the power play..

First star Derian Hamilton (2g, 1a) and second start Sheldon Brett (3a) led the way offensively for the Yetis. Ty Madden, Jordan Crisp and Grant Iles also tallied for the visitors.

On Nov. 7 at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, the Generals jumped off the team bus and into a 3-1 first period lead, only to have the Glacier Kings outscore them 4-1 in a penalty-filled second period to grab a 5-4 lead en route to the 7-4 win.

Hamilton (2g, 2a) continued his hot scoring touch and earned second star honours while first star Dylan Sampson (2g, 1a) and third star Iles (1g, 1a) also made big contributions.

Zachary Straza picked up the win as Comox Valley enjoyed a 39-31 SOG advantage and went 2-for-7 with the man advantage.

The Glacier Kings return to action Friday when they travel to Saanich to take on the Braves. The Yetis are home Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. start (Sports Centre #1) against South Division leading Victoria Cougars.

ICE CHIPS Hamilton’s hot hand has moved him into a tie for the VIJHL scoring lead with 29 points (7g, 22a), the same as Westshore Wolves’ Kyle Richter (14g, 15a) … Shaw is tied for fifth with 25 points (10g, 15a) …

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