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Comox Valley third in VIJHL North division

Yetis coach anticipates exciting playoff games
Parker Jorginson of the Comox Valley Glacier Kings carries the puck in a 6-0 home win over Nanaimo Feb. 4. Peggy Street photo

After losing a pair of games to the Campbell River Storm on the Jan. 21/22 weekend, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings thumped Nanaimo 11-0 in a Jan. 26 road game.

Two nights later, Comox Valley lost 7-1 at home to Lake Cowichan. The Yetis lost 5-2 Feb. 3 at Oceanside Place, but won 6-0 over Nanaimo Feb. 4 at home.

The Glacier Kings continue to hold down third spot in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League North division with 53 points. Oceanside leads the entire league with 72 points. Campbell River is second overall with 64 points.

With five games remaining in the regular season, head coach Mike Nesbitt likes his team’s chances in the playoffs.

“I really do believe, if we put it all together here, we could drive all the way,” Nesbitt said. “We’ve got the parts, we just need to get it all together. We’ve been having a bit of disciplinary problems with penalties, but once we get it under wraps, we’ll be good to go…We’re looking for a March 1st battle, four out of seven with Campbell River, right off the hop.”

If the Yetis beat the Storm, Oceanside will be waiting for them. Beyond that looms the South Division-leading Victoria Cougars.

“You’ve got the three-headed monster standing in front of us, and I hope we’re ready to do it,” Nesbitt said.

The Glacier Kings next game is Friday in Nanaimo. On Saturday, the Yetis host the Storm at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

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