The Comox Valley Glacier Kings needed overtime to decide their first regular season game – and a calculator to keep track of the score in their home opener.
In an inauspicious start to their 2014-15 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season, the Yetis fell 4-3 in OT to the Campbell River Storm on Sept. 5 then were blown out 9-3 by the Kerry Park Islanders on Sept. 6.
Their season-opener Friday in Campbell River saw the Icemen battle back from a 3-1 deficit midway through the second period to force overtime on Dylan Sampson’s power play goal at 13:34 of third.
But Colin Blake ruined the comeback bid at 3:10 of the first OT period to give the Storm the 4-3 win.
Franco Colapaolo and Liam Shaw also scored for Comox Valley, who were out-shot 36-31. Riley Mathieson took the loss in net. The Glacier Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play while Campbell River was 2-for-5 with the man advantage.
On Saturday night at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, the Glacier Kings and Islanders were tied 2-2 after one period before the visitors’ offence caught fire and out-scored the Yetis 7-1 over the final two frames to prevail 9-3.
Austin McNeil, Ty Madden and Shaw tallied for the G-Kings while first star Cameron Nickerson had a three-point (2g, 1a) night for Kerry Park.
Blake Pearson played the first two periods in net for the Icemen and was tagged with the loss. He stopped 12 of 18 shots while Mathieson stopped seven of 10 shots in the third.
The Islanders went 4-for-8 on the power play to the G-Kings 0-for-6. Comox Valley out-shot the visitors 46-37.
The Yetis are hoping home ice will be more of an advantage this weekend as they have two games at the Sports Centre. The Oceanside Generals pay a visit on Friday, Sept. 12 and the Nanaimo Buccaneers are in Courtenay on Saturday, Sept. 13. Game time is 7:30 p.m. both nights.
ICE CHIPS Campbell River and Westshore both won their first two games of the year to take the lead in their respective divisions … the Glacier Kings are hosting the 2015 VIJHL All Star Classic on Jan. 18 …