THE COACH COULD not accuse Garret Mazur of not keeping his eye on the puck as the Glacier Kings' forward made a heads up play against Nanaimo on Saturday.

THE COACH COULD not accuse Garret Mazur of not keeping his eye on the puck as the Glacier Kings' forward made a heads up play against Nanaimo on Saturday.

Glacier Kings hoping to buck losing trend

Icemen host C.R. Storm in Saturday night VIJHL tilt at Sports Centre

  • Sep. 13, 2012 10:00 a.m.

Kalan Anglos

Special to the Record

The Comox Valley Glacier Kings opened the 2012-2013 season in disappointing fashion, losing twice to the Nanaimo Buccaneers. Under new head coach Bill Rotheisler, the Kings were unable to spoil Nanaimo’s first game in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL). The league, which expanded to nine teams this offseason, added clubs in both Nanaimo and Westshore, respectively. For the Glacier Kings, the league expansion provides another hurdle to overcome in what should be a very entertaining season.

The Kings did some heavy renovations in the offseason, changing their entire coaching staff as well as losing several starters from last year’s lineup. Rotheisler, who was previously a coach for the Okanagan Hockey Academy, is joined by newcomers assistants Cam Knox and Mark McNaughton along with returnee Tony Wishart behind the bench. The new-look Glacier Kings look to improve on last year’s early playoff exit, when they lost in the first round to the Kerry Park Islanders in seven games.

In their first game of the season, the Kings travelled to the Nanaimo Ice Centre on Sept. 6 for the Bucs’ welcoming party to the VIJHL. In a storybook beginning to a franchise’s first game, Nanaimo squeezed out a 5-4 overtime victory in front of the home crowd.

The teams went back-and-forth through regulation, with newcomer Calvin Hadley getting it started for the Kings in the second period. Minutes later, Dylan Moore answered back for Nanaimo before Mitch Ball scored late in the frame.

In the third, with time ticking and his team up by one, new Kings’ goaltender Josh Round made several big saves. However, with just 39 seconds left to play, Moore (first star) scored his second of the game, knotting it at 4-4. In overtime, Quentin McShane buried the puck out front to give the Bucs the hard-fought victory.

In game two of the home-and-home, the Yetis returned to the CVRD Sports Centre on Sept. 8 looking for redemption. Once again, fans were treated to a nail-biter.

In the first period, goaltender Matthew Mitchell gave the Kings a chance to win. Showing the depth the Glacier Kings look to display this year, Mitchell turned away several big chances before Jordan Levesque lit the lamp late in the opening frame.

Sophomore Adam Robertson tallied his first of the year halfway through the second, while Mitchell made 10 saves to make it 1-1 heading to the third.

In that final frame, the Kings looked to steal the momentum when Michael Scobie scored shorthanded on a breakaway. However, the resilient Buccaneers answered right back, as Garrett Dunlop and Quentin McShane scored two unanswered goals, giving Nanaimo their second straight victory over the Kings. Mitchell made 28 saves in the 3-2 loss.

With the Glacier Kings hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup this year, they know that they have a chance to compete for the franchise’s first league title since 1994-95. However, the new coaching staff knows there is still work to be done if the team is to challenge for the VIJHL championship.

Next game action is tonight, when the Glacier Kings head to Peninsula to take on the Panthers. Next home game is tomorrow night when the rival Campbell River Storm come to town. Puck drop for that contest will be at 7:30 at Sports Centre #1 and can be heard at

ICE CHIPS Glacier Kings finding new homes in the offseason included goalie Cameron Large who is now with Nanaimo and forward Garrett Brandsma (a former all-star who was second in team scoring last year) who was shipped to Victoria in exchange for cash …





Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A West Vancouver developer has applied to the City of Courtenay to construct a 39-unit strata development at 2650 Copperfield Rd. Scott Stanfield photo Scott Stanfield photo
Courtenay council gives second reading to contentious development proposal

A West Vancouver developer has applied to the City of Courtenay to construct a 39-unit strata development at 2650 Copperfield Rd. Scott Stanfield photo Scott Stanfield photo

Following a one-year pause due to the pandemic, the Snowbirds were back in the skies over the Comox Valley Wednesday (May 5) morning. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Video: Snowbirds hold first training session in Comox Valley in more than 2 years

The team will conduct their training from May 4 to 26 in the area

Some of the affidavits filed come from family members of Casa Loma and Comox Valley Seniors Village residents in Courtenay. Record file photo
Courtenay seniors’ homes included in class action suit

Plaintiffs in early stage of applying for class certification on suit

Untreated gypsy moth populations can cause significant damage to forests, farms, orchards and urban trees. File photo
Aerial gypsy moth control spraying scheduled for Courtenay

The aerial-spray treatments to prevent gypsy moth infestations are scheduled for the… Continue reading

MARS can now offer private spaces for its orphaned fawns. Photo by Pearl MacKenzie.
Housing natural enemies a challenge for Merville’s Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

Jane Sproull Thomson Special to Black Press If you’ve ever had a… Continue reading

Jose Marchand prepares Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination doses at a mobile clinic for members of First Nations and their partners, in Montreal, Friday, April 30, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is coming under fire after contradicting the advice Canadians have been receiving for weeks to take the first vaccine against COVID-19 that they’re offered. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Trudeau says he is glad he got AstraZeneca, vaccines are only way out of pandemic

‘The most important thing is to get vaccinated with the first vaccine offered to you’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

B.C.’s provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Dip in COVID-19 cases with 572 newly announced in B.C.

No new deaths have been reported but hospitalized patients are up to 481, with 161 being treated in intensive care

Protesters attempt to stop clear-cutting of old-growth trees in Fairy Creek near Port Renfrew. (Will O���Connell photo)
Clash between loggers, activists halts forestry operations over Fairy Creek

Forest license holders asking for independent investigation into incident

The courthouse in Nanaimo, B.C. (News Bulletin file)
Island man sentenced in Nanaimo after causing a dog unnecessary pain and suffering

Kiefer Tyson Giroux, 26, of Nanoose Bay, given six-month sentence

Solar panels on a parking garage at the University of B.C. will be used to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen, the latter captured to supply a vehicle filling station. (UBC video)
UBC parkade project to use solar energy for hydrogen vehicles

Demonstration project gets $5.6M in low-carbon fuel credits

FILE – A student arrives at school as teachers dressed in red participate in a solidarity march to raise awareness about cases of COVID-19 at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. ‘should be able to’ offer 1st dose of COVID vaccine to kids 12+ by end of June: Henry

Health Canada authorized the vaccine for younger teens this morning

Most Read