The Comox Valley Glacier Kings are the hottest thing on ice in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
The Yetis’ 5-3 win Nov. 2 over the Peninsula Panthers was their seventh straight – a streak that includes an impressive 3-0 road win over North Division leaders Nanaimo Buccaneers.
Saturday night at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, the red-hot Icemen led 1-0 after one period and 4-1 after two. The Panthers scored short-handed at 16:42 and 17:19 to close the gap to 4-3, but Taylor Bowman’s second goal of the year – an unassisted empty netter – sealed the deal for the home team with 14 ticks left on the clock.
Liam Shaw (7th), Ali Gotmy (10th), Brendyn Smith (2nd) and Sheldon Brett (13th) had the other Glacier Kings’ goals. Blake Pearson was the winning goalie and game first star. Comox Valley out-shot Peninsula 27-25 and went 1-for-3 on the power play.
On Nov. 1 the Glacier Kings were in Saanich where they dispatched the Braves 5-2. The Yetis led 1-0 after one and 2-1 after two.
The Braves pulling even early in the third, but the Icemen reeled off three goals in five minutes to grab the win. Calvin Hadley paced the offence with a pair of goals while Smith, Brett and Quinlan Moore added one each.
Michael Hails picked up the win as Comox Valley out-shot Saanich 36-15 while going 1-for-4 on the power play.
On Oct. 31 the Glacier Kings were in Nanaimo to face the Buccaneers and surprised the division leaders 3-0. The visitors were full value for the win, out-shooting the Bucs 39-23.
Staring down the league’s second-best offence, Pearson posted his second shutout in 10 days while Gotmy earned first-star honours for his two-goal performance (including a short-handed effort). Shaw added an empty netter.
The Glacier Kings have a home-and-home series this weekend with the Oceanside Generals. The Yetis host the first game Nov. 8 (7:30 p.m. Sports Centre Arena #1) and return the visit Nov. 9 (7:30 p.m. Oceanside Place).
ICE CHIPS The Glacier Kings (12-8-0-1) have the third most wins in the league … Brett and teammate Duncan Pernal are tied for fifth in league scoring, both with 13 goals and 14 assists … updates and latest news at www.vijhl.com …