Where were you when the lights went out during Sunday’s storm?
The Comox Valley Glacier Kings were just home from Parksville and a much-needed 2-1 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League win over the Oceanside Generals.
And the only light that mattered in that contest was the red one that lit up behind Generals’ goalie Liam Giroux at 19:16 of the third period when Duncan Pernal’s second goal of the game lifted the Yetis to their third win of the season.
It was a stellar effort by Pernal, who fought off persistent back-checking by Wyatt Meiers and beat a sprawling Giroux as he himself was falling to the ice.
Pernal’s two tallies give him with six on the year, tops on the Glacier Kings. The win was a big one for the Icemen as they are now three points clear of the fourth-place Generals (with a game in hand) in the North Division and just one point back of second-place Campbell River Storm.
The Glacier Kings can take sole possession of second place by beating at the Storm on Friday, Oct. 4 in Campbell River. The Yetis return home Saturday to host the Saanich Braves (7:30 p.m. Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1).
While the power went out up and down the Island Sunday night, it wasn’t a problem for the Yetis on Sunday afternoon as they overpowered the Generals by a shots-on-goal margin of 50-22.
Scott Legault picked up the win between the pipes while Giroux was named second star for his heavy workload. Comox Valley went 1-for-6 on the power play while Oceanside was 0-for-1.
The Generals opened the scoring at 17:35 of the first period courtesy of Drew Dancy. Pernal’s fifth of the year from Carson George at 9:41 of the second pulled the visitors even on the power play. Then Pernal provided the late-game heroics from Ali Gotmy and Cody Eliason with 44 seconds left to send the Oceanside faithful home unhappy.
ICE CHIPS Yetis’ Sheldon Brett was the game’s third star … the Generals had a new bench boss Sunday as assistant coach Rob Gaudreault took over after the team relieved Brent Demerais of his duties Saturday night … Oceanside is looking for a new head coach/GM after winning just one of their first 10 games …