The Comox Valley Glacier Kings bagged themselves a real treat on Halloween night when they knocked on the door of the top team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League and won a spirited 2-1 contest.
The Yetis put a real scare into the Campbell River Storm when they jumped to a 2-0 lead just three minutes into the game on goals by Brandon McReynolds (1:33) and Mitchell Hawes (3:06).
Then the man in the mask, Riley Mathieson, turned aside everything the Storm threw his way until Michael Olson netted C.R.’s only goal early in the third.
The G-King victory snapped the Storm’s nine-game home winning streak and was just the second loss of the year for the 12-2-1-0 Storm. It was the third meeting between the teams; Campbell River won the previous two, both in overtime.
Derian Hamilton, the league’s top scoring defenceman with 20 points, was the game’s first star. McReynolds was the second star. Comox Valley out-shot Campbell River 39-38 and successfully killed all six Storm power plays.
The Glacier Kings returned home the next night (Nov. 1) and, despite out-shooting the Saanich Braves 23-13, dropped a 2-0 decision. Landon Walters of the Icemen was the game’s third star.
The Yetis played the Kerry Park Islanders on Sunday (Nov. 2), with result unavailable at press time.
The Glacier Kings have a home-and-away series with the Oceanside Generals this weekend. They host the Generals on Friday (Nov. 7, game time 7 p.m. at Comox Valley Sports Centre Arena #1) then return the visit Saturday.