Glacier Kings’ Brandon McReynolds prevents Cougars’ Lane Vanderwetering from clawing the puck away from him during Saturday night VIJHL action in Courtenay.

Generals a major nuisance for Glacier Kings

Dear Santa,

Please let us play more games against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings. We will leave you extra cookies and milk.

Yours truly,

Oceanside Generals

 

 

 

That letter to the North Pole came from the North Division cellar dwellers of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. The Generals have won six of their 26 games this season, and three of those have come at the expense of the Glacier Kings.

Oceanside’s latest win came Sunday afternoon in Parksville, where they raced out to a 4-0 first period lead before the game was 13 minutes old then hung on for a 6-4 win. It was the Generals’ second straight win over the Yetis, who edged the Icemen 6-5 on Nov. 13 in Courtenay.

Second star Ethan Sundstrum (2g, 1a) and first star Mathieu Jallabert (1g, 2a) had three-point outings for the home team, who led 5-3 after two. Third star Liam Nijhoff had a goal and an assist for the Yetis, as did Kyle Wade and D-man Ben Raffler.

Shots on goal favoured Oceanside 49-41. The Generals went 4-for-6 on the power play while the Yetis were 0-for-7 with the man advantage. Paul Broadbent started in net for the G-Kings but gave way to Braddock Otton after the Generals cranked three power-play goals past him in the first eight minutes of play.

Cougars Pounce

Meanwhile, home ice proved no advantage for the Icemen on Saturday as they were blanked 6-0 by the Cougars.

Demonstrating why they lead the league in both offensive and defensive stats, the Capital City Cats scored twice in each period and out-shot the G-Kings 37-15. Anthony Ciurro, the VIJHL’s top goalie with 14 wins in 17 starts, posted the shutout.

League scoring leader Nathan Looysen paced the win with three goals and one assist and was the game’s first star. Second star Dom Kolbeins (fourth in league scoring) had one goal and two helpers while third star Cody Hodges (second in league scoring) had three assists.

Broadbent played the first two periods in goal for Comox Valley with Otton going between the pipes in the final frame. The Cougars went 2-for-7 on the power play while the Yetis were 0-for-4.

It’s a busy week for the Glacier Kings as they are on the road for games Dec. 2 against Westshore Wolves and Dec. 4 against Campbell River Storm then return home Dec. 5 to host the Kerry Park Islanders (7:30 p.m. SC#1).

The Glacier Kings (11-13-0-3) remain in third place in the North Division, two points back of the Nanaimo Buccaneers (12-11-1-2). The Storm (19-5-1-1) are 13 points up on the Bucs while the  Generals (6-18-1-1) are 11 points back of the G-Kings.

 

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