Glacier Kings open VIJHL playoffs Feb. 23 in Nanaimo

Comox Valley wins final regular season game 5-3 over Saanich Braves

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s second season begins Tuesday (Feb. 23) night for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings as they visit the Nanaimo Buccaneers for the first game in their best-of-seven first-round series.

The G-Kings finished third in the North Division, seven points back of the second-place Bucs, but Comox Valley goes into the playoffs riding a two-game win streak while Nanaimo lost their last four regular season games.

The Yetis closed out their regular season Feb. 20 in Courtenay with a 5-3 over the Saanich Braves. Third-period goals by Jake McKenzie and Sheldon Brett proved the difference as the visitors erased a 1-0 first-period deficit by out-scoring the Icemen 3-2 in the second stanza.

Comox Valley goalie Braddock Otton first star honours as the Braves out-shot the Glacier Kings 40-21. Brett (1g, 1a) was second star and Saanich’s Brandon Fushimi (1g, 1a) was third star.

Ty Madden’s fourth of the year on the power play from Ronnie Wilkie and Curtis Csuk was the only scoring in the first. McInnes made it 2-0 at 7:44 of the second from Brayden McCartney and Nick Novin only to have the Braves pull even on goals by Brendan Werstine at 7:59 and Fushimi at 10:04.

McInnes’ second of the game and team-best 23rd of the year from Liam Nijhoff and Curtis Card put the home team back in front, with Saanich equalizing on Dale McCabe’s power-play marker at 17:32.

Despite mustering just four shots in the third the Yetis made them count as McKenzie’s 14th of the year from Brett and Tyson Slater at 17:54 made it 4-3 and Brett’s ninth of the year from Madden and Novin at 18:51 into the empty net sealed the deal.

The post-season scene is now set. The Saanich Braves (S5) defeated the Oceanside Generals (N4) 3-2 Sunday in a wild card play-in game and will face the Campbell River Storm (N1). The other best-of-seven first-round series see Victoria Cougars (S1) take on Kerry Park Islanders (S4) and Westshore Wolves(S3) up against the Peninsula Panthers (S2).

ICE CHIPS Comox Valley and Nanaimo both had two scorers in the league top 10: the Bucs’ Jordan Levesque 6th (61 points) and Trent Bell 8th (52 points) and the Yetis’ McInnes 7th (53 points) and McReynolds 9th (50 points) … Nanaimo’s Liam Young and Alex Orth finished 5th and 6th in goalie stats … the Yetis won six of 10 RS meetings with the Bucs, including four in Nanaimo … Game 2 goes Feb. 25 in Nanaimo … other games are Feb. 27 in Courtenay and March 1 in Courtenay, and if needed, March 3 in Nanaimo, March 5 in Courtenay and March 6 in Nanaimo …





Just Posted

A cuddle and a coffee: Six Island towns named among Canada’s most cozy

Sidney, Campbell River, Courtenay, Parksville, Tofino and Ucluelet crack Expedia’s top 40

Comox Valley Santa’s Workshop in need of bicycles for youngsters, gifts for teens

Santa’s Workshop, at 464 Puntledge Road (formerly the Red Cross building), is… Continue reading

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Liquor store robbery suspect arrested

The Comox Valley RCMP have identified the suspect in relation to the… Continue reading

Everybody Deserves A Smile back for its 15th year

Local students leading the charge of spreading Christmas cheer to the Valley’s most vulnerable

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Electoral reform ballot returns so far show higher Courtenay-Comox engagement

Area leads province in percentage of ballots turned in

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

Port Alberni convenience store robbed

Police still searching for suspect

Most Read