The Comox Valley Glacier Kings took a wrecking ball to the Nanaimo Buccaneers on Oct. 20, demolishing them 6-1.
Mitch Ball banged in two goals and assisted on two others as the Icemen extended their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League North Division lead to seven points over the second-place Bucs.
Ball now leads the team in goals with 10, one more than Jordan Kamprath who had two assists on Saturday to stay two points up on Ball in the points department.
Matthew Mitchell returned from injury and looked like he’d never been away, kicking out 25 shots. Jordan Levesque ruined Mitchell’s shutout bid at 15:34 of the third period.
The Yetis fired 31 shots at former teammate Cameron Large, with Adam Robertson, Josh Gosbee, Desmond Bast and Jack Kennelly (making his return to the Glacier Kings after a stint with the Jr. A Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) scoring one each to go along with Ball’s two-goal effort. Garrett Halls added a pair of helpers.
Ball netted the only goal of the opening frame, and the Yetis’ power play clicked twice in the second to make it 3-0 courtesy of Robertson’s third of the year and Gosbee with his first of the season.
Bast blasted his third of the year past Large late in the stanza to put Comox Valley up by four.
Ball and Kennelly connected just 41 seconds apart in the 13th minute of the third to stretch the lead to 6-0 before Levesque beat Mitchell for Nanaimo’s only goal of the game.
With the game out of reach in the third, things got a little nasty between Carter Jensen of the Glacier Kings and Johnathan Speer of the Buccaneers. Both got five-minute fighting majors and game misconducts, with Jensen picking up two additional minors for being the aggressor and instigator.
The Glacier Kings close out the October portion of their schedule Saturday when they host the Campbell River Storm in a 7:30 p.m. start at the Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena No. 1.
It’s been a stormy season indeed for Campbell River, who have just three wins in 13 games, are languishing in last place in the North Division, and have lost their last seven games.
A week after firing three coaches they this week told the Strathcona Regional District they need to rework their rental agreement for the Rod Brind’Amour Arena to ease their “financial bleeding.” Team owners told the regional district the organization might have to cease operations in December.
ICE CHIPS Kamprath is sixth in league scoring with 22 points while Ball is 10th with 20 … Mitchell is fourth in goalie standings with a 5-3 record, 2.57 GAA and .912 save percentage …