Glacier Kings down 2-0 to Storm in VIJHL playoffs

Game 3 in best-of-seven semifinal goes Tuesday, March 10 in Courtenay


The Comox Valley Glacier Kings have found a way to keep the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s most potent offence in check. Now they must solve the league’s second best defence.

That’s how things stand for the Icemen as they trail the Campbell River Storm 2-0 in their best-of-seven semifinal playoff series. The North Division champion Storm won the opener 4-1 Friday in Campbell River then blanked the Yetis (North Division second place) 3-0 Saturday night in Courtenay.

In the regular season, the Storm averaged almost six goals for per game while allowing just less than 2.5 against. They carried those lopsided stats into the playoffs in their first round sweep of the Oceanside Generals (27GF-4GA).

That the G-Kings have kept things close through the first two games of the semis offers hope for better things to come when the series resumes Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

Game 4 goes March 11 in Campbell River.

The Storm did all the damage in the second period Saturday and outshot the Yetis 30-19. That stat earned losing goalie Zachary Straza first-star honours. Jesse Michel was sharp in the C.R. net after a two-month absence.

On Friday, C.R. led 2-0 after one and outscored C.V. 2-1 in the third. Shots on goal were 40-19 Storm. Dylan Sampson netted the lone goal for the Icemen, making it 2-1 midway through the third.

But the Storm got that one back at 19:05 and sealed the deal with an empty netter. Riley Welyk picked up the win.

ICE CHIPS Goaltending is playing a prominent part in the other VIJHL semifinal as Grant Payne’s back-to-back shutouts have the league champion Victoria Cougars up 2-0 on Westshore Wolves heading into Game 3 on March 8 … if needed, Game 5 in the C.V. vs. C.R. series goes March 13 in Campbell River with Game 6 March 14 in Courtenay and Game 7 March 15 in Campbell River …



Just Posted

Comox Valley RCMP looking for suspicious man in Courtenay

Man was frantically waving at vehicles

Comox Valley golfers prepare for another 55+ Games

Competition, camaraderie name of the game

Comox Valley firefighters assist with wildfire effort

Four Courtenay firefighters are in Fort St. James helping with the fight… Continue reading

Woman rescued from Stotan Falls calling for safety measures

3L Developments did not comment on immediate plans to add safety precautions

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Glacier View residents take a ride on the river

Ground Search and Rescue guides floaters on Puntledge

Safeway union urgest rejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

MasterChef runner-up an award-winning broker

What started as an interest turned into a global pursuit

Castlegar bridge designed by architect of collapsed Italian bridge

Riccardo Morandi designed the Kinnaird Bridge, which is part of Highway 3.

Most Read