Showing why they’re No. 1 in the North, the Comox Valley Glacier Kings knocked off a pair of division rivals in Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League action last week.
On Jan. 14 the Yetis completed an eight-game regular season sweep of the Oceanside Generals with a 6-4 home ice win. On Jan. 15 they clipped the Kerry Park Islanders 8-5 in Kerry Park. Three-goal third periods were keys to victory in both outings.
In a game with remarkably few penalties between two teams who don’t like each other, the Icemen and Generals were even at 0-0 after one period and 3-3 after two, with the Glacier Kings outscoring Oceanside 3-1 in the final frame.
Michael Graham’s four-point performance (2g, 2a) paced the Yetis with Brian Rideout, Jack Kennelly, Mitch Ball and Jeff Crisp netting one goal each. Comox Valley went 1-for-3 on the power play and got a short-handed goal from Graham. The Generals tallied twice on their three power plays. Comox Valley outshot Oceanside 39-29.
On Jan. 15 at Kerry Park, the Glacier Kings led 3-0 after one period and 5-4 after two en route to the 8-5 win. The visitors clicked on three of their five power play opportunities while Kerry Park went 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
Corey Allen had a big six-point night (3g, 3a) while Jackson Garrett tallied twice to go along with one each by Kennelly, Graham and Tyson Rennie. Kennelly added three helpers while Karver Everson and Ball chipped in with two assists each.
Kerry Park outshot Comox Valley 44-29 with James Davision turning in a strong performance between the pipes for the Icemen to pick up the win. Tanner Milliron and Ben Kantor shared the netminding for the Isles, with Milliron taking the loss.
The Glacier Kings return to action this weekend as they visit the Saanich Braves on Friday and host the Peninsula Panthers on Saturday (7:30 p.m. Sports Centre Arena No. 1).
ICE CHIPS Kelin Hrycuik is second in league scoring with 61 points and is second in goals with 28 … goalie Cameron Waddington is third in wins with 13 … league standings and top scorers in Scoreboard on page 14 … all the latest Jr. B buzz at www.vijhl.com …