Just ahead of the holidays, there was no place like home for the Comox Valley Glacier Kings and Campbell River Storm as they split a pair of weekend Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games.
Scrooge-like goaltending at both ends of the ice kept the scoring low in both contests as the Storm prevailed 3-2 in a shootout Dec. 16 in Campbell River while the Glacier Kings eked out a 2-1 win Dec. 17 in Courtenay.
The results left the Icemen eight points up on the Oceanside Generals in the battle for first place in the North Division. The second-place Generals have a game in hand, and the two teams meet tonight in a big four-pointer at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Face-off is 7 p.m.
This past Friday at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, the third-place North Division Storm led 1-0 after one period and 2-0 after two. The Glacier Kings rallied to tie the game in the third on goals by Adam Robertson and Jackson Garrett.
Neither team mustered much offence in overtime and the Storm netted the only goal in the shootout to take the 3-2 win.
Final shots on goal were 44-33 in favour of the home team, with Nick Babich getting the win and Jackson Winkler taking the loss.
The next night in Courtenay, Garrett’s 22nd of the season was the only scoring through the first two periods of play. The teams exchanged third-period goals, with Garrett Brandsma tallying the winner for the Yetis.
Shots on goal were 44-25 for the Glacier Kings with Cameron Large picking up the win and Andy Salazar tagged with the loss.
Tonight’s game is the Yetis’ final outing of 2011. Following their holiday hiatus they return to action Jan. 5 when they visit the league-leading Victoria Cougars.
ICE CHIPS Oceanside lost ground to the Yetis on the weekend, losing 6-2 Friday to Peninsula Panthers and having their Saturday home game against Peninsula cancelled after two periods when the Zamboni damaged the ice; the Generals were leading 4-2 and a Panthers’ spokesperson said the game will be finished or replayed somewhere down the road … the Saanich Braves host the 2012 VIJHL All-Star Classic Jan. 15 in Victoria … for all the latest Island Jr. B buzz, visit www.vijhl.com … Garrett is second in league scoring with 49 points (22g, 27a) … Large’s 10 wins is tied for second, just one back of Victoria’s Kiefer Giroux …