Glacier Kings win seventh straight game

Icemen continue to put big chill on VIJHL opponents

WADE BARTLETT GOES five-hole to beat Kiefer Giroux and score the shootout winner against the Generals in VIJHL action in Oceanside.

WADE BARTLETT GOES five-hole to beat Kiefer Giroux and score the shootout winner against the Generals in VIJHL action in Oceanside.

Kalan Anglos

Special to the Record

The Comox Valley Glacier Kings are on a roll, running their season-best Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League winning streak to seven in a row with two big victories over the weekend. The Icemen (7-3-1) defeated the winless Kerry Park Islanders (0-8-2) at home before winning a thriller against the Oceanside Generals on the road. After a slow start to the season, the Yetis are thrilled to be seeing their hard work finally pay off.

“Things are going well,” said head coach Bill Rotheisler after the big weekend. “We’ve felt a steady improvement all year long, but are we a different team now than before? – You bet we are.”

Mitch Ball led the offence for the weekend, amassing five points in the two victories, while brother Rylan Ball, captain Jordan Kamprath and winger Michael Scobie all had three points over the two-game span. While the offence was a standout, so too was the goaltending, as both newcomer Denon Maximchuk and starter Josh Round were impressive.

Maximchuk got the start Friday at home against the Islanders, picking up his second victory in as many tries.

The Glacier Kings staked out a 3-1 first-period lead and in the second Maximchuk shut the door with 12 saves. Only a power-play goal from Kerry Park’s Alex Milligan got past the 16-year-old goaltender in the period, and the Kings’ offence took it from there.

Up 4-2 in the third period, unanswered goals from Sheldon Brett, Scobie (third star) and Jordan Crisp sealed the deal, as the Icemen skated off with a 7-3 victory.

The following night, the Kings travelled to Oceanside to take on the Generals and it was Round’s turn to shine between the pipes. In one of the most exciting games so far this year, the Yetis’ goaltender made 40 saves in a redeeming 4-3 shootout victory.

“He was huge,” said Rotheisler of his starting goaltender. “It’s one thing to have a big game, but to have a big game after losing last time out to the same team – that’s huge.”

Oceanside’s Michael Fretz got the scoring started early before Mitch Ball answered back with two goals of his own in the opening frame.

The teams traded goals in the second, as Garret Halls scored on the power play before Matthew Biagioni answered for the Generals. Fretz’s second goal of the night in the third period sent the game to overtime.

Overtime solved nothing, and in the shootout the Kings’ third shooter – Wade Bartlett – who had the victory on his stick, beating Oceanside goaltender Kiefer Giroux for the 4-3 victory.

With their lead atop the North Division standings now at a comfortable seven points, the Glacier Kings know they have to keep the pedal to the floor as they look to continue their winning ways.

The Kings played their fourth game in seven nights on Wednesday against the Westshore Rebels (results unavailable at press time). Next home action comes Saturday night as the Kings host the Peninsula Panthers (5-5-0). Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 exposure at sixth Comox Valley school in past eight days

Island Health has posted an exposure alert at a sixth Comox Valley… Continue reading

Artist Sandra Meigs will be the next speaker in NIC’s online 2021 Artist Talk series, appearing virtually on Friday, March 5 at 1 pm. For the full schedule and link to attend the Artist Talk Online Series, visit (Photo: The Glass Ticker (2017) — 15’ X 9’ X 5’, wood, enamel, lights, aluminum, glass, automata. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.)
Celebrated artist and mentor joins North Island College Artist Talk series

North Island College’s virtual 2021 Artist Talk series welcomes Sandra Meigs, past… Continue reading

The Coast Range makes a spectacular backdrop for orca heading towards Discovery Passage of Campbell River Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. Photo by Frank Neil
Island wildlife viewers thrilled by close view of passing Orca pod

Group gives wildlife photographers a classic opportunity to view them off Campbell River shoreline

Dasher is back home with mom Christine Girvin thanks to some help from BC Ferries staff. Photo supplied
The cat came back, with help from Comox ferry staff

After Dasher made a dash, ferry staff found her and got her home safe

A rendering of the Denman Green plans for the Kirk Road site. Image, DHA/Ronan Design
Denman Green finds new site for housing

Facing COVID delays, the project reached expiration date on initial site

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A boat caught fire in Ladysmith Harbour on Saturday morning. (Photo submitted)
Search underway for missing woman after boat catches fire in Ladysmith harbour

A large boat caught fire on the morning of Saturday, Feb. 27

An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed by Tofino RCMP in Opitsaht. (Black Press Media file photo)
Man shot and killed by RCMP near Tofino, police watchdog investigating

Investigation underway by Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia.

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver on Tuesday December 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s compromise on in-person worship at three churches called ‘absolutely unacceptable’

Would allow outdoor services of 25 or less by Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack churches

Photo: Lt. Sandy Pridmore, MARS Darlene Banerd, MARS, Warren Warttig and Captain Rob Stevens show the new automatic external defibrillator (AED) that will be located at the MARS facilities located at 1331 William Beach Road, Black Creek. Photo supplied
Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society adds AED to Williams Beach Road location

Submitted Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) has collaborated with the Comox Firefighters… Continue reading

Baldy Mountain Resort was shut down on Saturday after a fatal workplace accident. (Baldy Mountain picture)
Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

Most Read