The Comox Valley Glacier Kings open their 2011-12 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season this weekend with a home-and-away series with the Peninsula Panthers.
The league scheduler could not have set a tougher task for the Yetis as the two-time defending VIJHL champ Panthers are looking to get their three-peat bid off to a solid start.
The Glacier Kings are at Peninsula tonight and host the Panthers on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena No. 1.
The defending North Division champion Icemen played a pair of exhibition games with the Campbell River Storm this past weekend, dropping a 6-5 decision Saturday at home and falling 7-4 Sunday in The River City.
On Saturday, the Glacier Kings led 2-1 after one and were tied 5-5 after two. The Storm outshot the visitors 34-27, including 18-9 in the third period.
Jackson Garrett, Jonathan Speer, Garrett Halls, Jayson Cannell and Lee Orepen scored the Comox Valley goals, with Jackson Winkler and Josh Alalouf splitting the netminding duties.
Things weren’t quite as close Sunday in Campbell River as the Storm led 3-1 after one and 6-2 after two en route to the 7-4 win. According to the VIJHL website, Cole Schneider scored all four Yeti goals, all unassisted.
Shots on goal were 53-31 in favour of the Icemen, with James Davison between the pipes for the visitors.