Scary things lurk in the basement.
The Comox Valley Glacier Kings found that out Sunday afternoon in Parksville when they took on the Oceanside Generals in a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League matinee.
Sitting in second place in the North Division and in hot pursuit of the first-place Campbell River Storm, the Yetis survived a scare from the cellar-dwelling Generals before prevailing 4-3 in overtime. The win left the Icemen three points back of the Storm and set the stage for a big home-and-home series this weekend between the longtime North Island rivals.
At Oceanside Place on Jan. 19, the G-Kings trailed 1-0 after one period, with Grant Iles pulling the visitors even at the 2:28 mark of the second stanza. Eric Margo’s power-play goal at 11:52 put the Icemen up 2-1, but the Generals equalized with a man-advantage tally of their own at 19:23.
Margo’s second PP goal at 6:45 of the third gave the Icemen the lead back, but Oceanside refused to go away and sent the game into OT with a goal at the 10:30 mark.
Derian Hamilton wasted no time deciding the issue in the extra frame, lighting the lamp just 34 seconds in. Hamilton finished with three points (1g, 2a) to earn first star honours while Margo was second star. Generals’ goalie Liam Giroux was third star.
Michael Hails picked up the win in net for Comox Valley as the Glacier Kings enjoyed a 49-32 shots-on-goal advantage. The Yetis were 2-for-6 on the power play while the Generals were 1-for-8.
There could be a new leader in the North Division come Saturday night as the Glacier Kings and Storm play back-to-back games this weekend. The Icemen are in Campbell River on Friday night and the Storm return the visit Saturday, with game time 7:30 p.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1.
ICE CHIPS AP Casey Jantz was backing up Hails on Sunday … Duncan Pernal (20g, 26a) is ninth in league scoring … former Yeti Sheldon Brett of Courtenay has five points (2g, 3a) through 12 games since joining the BCHL Trail Smoke Eaters …