Glacier Kings on brink of elimination from VIJHL playoffs

Campbell River storms back from 3-0 deficit to win Game 4 in double overtime

 

 

 

You can never have too much of a good thing. That includes a three-goal lead.

Wednesday night in Campbell River, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings built a 3-0 lead by the mid-way mark of the second period but couldn’t hold on, losing 4-3 in double overtime to the Storm.

The win gives the Storm a 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League semifinal playoff series. Now on the brink of elimination, the Yetis return to Campbell River for Game 5 on – ominously enough – Friday the 13th.

The G-Kings opened the scoring on March 11 with second star Derian Hamilton rippling the mesh at 18:01 on the power play.

Colton St. John made it 2-0 at 5:33 of the second, then set up Grant Iles for the Yetis’ third goal at 13:36. Cue Josiah Friesen, who single-handedly ruined the Glacier Kings’ hopes of tying the series.

All Friesen did was score four straight goals. He pulled his team to within one with tallies at 13:44 and 18:42 of the second, then evened the count at 3-3 with a power-play marker just 37 seconds into the third period.

After a scoreless, 10-minute overtime period, Friesen clinched his first star award by netting the winner, unassisted, at 1:41 of the second OT session.

The Storm outshot the Glacier Kings 42-29 with Riley Welyk picking up the win in relief of starting netminder Jesse Michel, who left with the score 2-0. Zahcary Straza took the loss. Both teams were 1-for-5 with the man advantage.

Should the Icemen win Game 5, they would host Game 6 on March 14 with game time 7:30 p.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1. If needed Game 7 would go March 15 in Campbell River.

The winner of this North Division final will meet South Division playoff winner and defending VIJHL champion Victoria Cougars in the best-of-seven playoff final.

ICE CHIPS The Cougars have yet to lose in post-season play this year … Friesen is leading the playoff goal scoring with 11 … St. John leads the Yetis in playoff scoring with 10 points (2g, 8a) and is ninth overall …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Just Posted

Comox Valley Regional District board approves $115,000 towards soccer field house project

The Comox Valley Regional District board has approved a $115,000 contribution to… Continue reading

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Comox Valley Horseshoe Society all about friendly competition

Feeling lucky? Do you have horseshoes? The Comox Valley Horseshoe Society is… Continue reading

Fanny Bay residents fed up with problem house

A delegation from Fanny Bay has appealed to regional district directors to… Continue reading

Merville’s annual Garlic Fest a ‘stinking good time’

Once again, it is time to hold your nose and prance on… Continue reading

Teachers to get 2 extra days to prepare for students’ return, now set for Sept. 10

Students will first start with orientation and learn rules of COVID-19 classroom policies

More than $800,000 in suspected cocaine seized from ship near Victoria

RCMP Dive Team suspects more narcotics had been stored below ship’s waterline

Feds commit $305M in additional funds for Indigenous communities during COVID-19

Money can be used to battle food insecurity and support children and mental health

Hobo Cannabis renamed Dutch Love after backlash

Hobo Cannabis has various locations in Vancouver, Kelowna and Ottawa

Man accused of killing Red Deer doctor says he does not remember attack

Appearing before a judge, Deng Mabiour, 54, rambled about being sick and needing a doctor

Teen killer Kelly Ellard gets day parole extension, allowing up to 5 days at home

Ellard is serving a life sentence for the 1997 murder of 14-year-old Reena Virk

Andrew Scheer likely marking last day in House of Commons as Opposition leader

Today’s Commons sitting is one of two scheduled for August

Deaths feared after train derails amid storms in Scotland

Stonehaven is on the line for passenger trains linking Aberdeen with the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow

DFO says 5 aggrieved B.C First Nations were consulted on fisheries plan

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations calls response ‘a sham,’ adding DFO never incorporates their views

Most Read