At the halfway point of the regular VIJHL season, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings have just seven points. Photo by Scott Strasser.

Glacier Kings continue to struggle

In their last two games, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings came out on the losing end of a home and away series against the Nanaimo Buccaneers.

On Thursday, the Yetis lost 5-2 in Nanaimo, and then fell 7-4 Saturday at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

In Thursday’s contest, the Glacier Kings struck first on a goal by rookie forward Jory Swanson, but the Bucs answered with three of their own in the first frame, and a fourth goal in the second period. Jacob Kruse, another rookie forward, made it 4-2 near the end of the second, but the home side sealed the deal with an empty net goal in the third. Kruse was named third star of the game.

Kruse had another solid game Saturday night, scoring twice and assisting twice. Finn Withey also had four points.

After one period, the Bucs built a 3-0 lead. Kruse got the home side on the scoreboard with a power play goal three minutes into the second period, assisted by Withey and Joe Gage. Nanaimo made it 4-1 about a minute later. Withey then scored twice and Kruse scored short-handed to tie the game with one period to play. But the third belonged to the visitors, who scored three goals.

The Yetis have won just three times in 24 games. They sit in the basement of the VIJHL North division with seven points, halfway through the regular season. The Bucs are second with 39 points, just one behind the Campbell River Storm.

The Glacier Kings’ next game is Wednesday against the Westshore Wolves at the Q Centre in Victoria.

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