A three-game winning streak has moved the Comox Valley Glacier Kings to within striking distance of second place in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League North Division.
The third-place Icemen knocked off fourth-place Oceanside Generals 5-2 on Oct. 11 and are now just four points back of second-place Nanaimo Buccaneers, with two games in hand on the Bucs.
The Yetis have a great chance to close the gap further on Thursday (Oct. 16) as they are in Nanaimo to play the Buccaneers.
This past Saturday in Parksville, the Glacier Kings snapped a 2-2 tie by scoring the only goal of the second period then added two more in the third to seal the deal on the Generals.
Mitchell Hawes led the way with four points and his hat trick earned him first-star honours. Second star Jonas Horvath added one for the visitors as did Derian Hamilton. Liam Shaw contributed three assists.
The G-Kings out-shot the Generals 42-23 with Blake Pearson picking up the win in net. The Icemen went 1-for-7 on the power play and also scored shorthanded (Horvath unassisted).
Hawes and Horvath put the Yetis up 2-0 by the 8:28 mark of the first, with Oceanside battling back on goals by Keanu Gallegos and Jordan Bautista (unassisted shorthanded).
Hawes’ second of the game at 7:00 of the second on the power play proved to be the winner. Hamilton tallied his second of the season at 1:07 of the third and Hawes completed his hat trick with his sixth of the year at the 12:51 mark.
ICE CHIPS Shaw leads the Glacier Kings’ scoring with 14 points (5g, 9a), good enough for 17th in league scoring … the North Division leading Campbell River Storm (10-0-1-0) remain the league’s only undefeated team … the Yetis have an upcoming home-and-home series with South Division leading Westshore Wolves, with the G-Kings welcoming the Wolves to their door on Saturday night (Oct. 18, game time 7:30 p.m. at Sports Centre #1) and returning the visit on Tuesday, Oct. 21 …