The Comox Valley Glacier Kings’ 2014-15 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season is over.
The Yetis fell 9-3 to the Campbell River Storm on March 13 in Campbell River in Game 5 of their best-of-seven playoff semifinal series, with the Storm taking the series 4-1.
Friday the 13th wasn’t playing out that badly for the G-Kings as the North Division second place team was tied with the North champ 2-2 early in the second period.
But the Storm scored the next seven goals, including six on the power play, to pull away and punch their ticket to the VIJHL playoff championship against the Victoria Cougars.
The Storm went 6-for-10 with the man advantage while the Yetis were 1-for-10. C.R. held a 44-35 shots on goal advantage with first star Riley Welyk the winning goalie. Zachary Straza started in goal for Comox Valley and played 43 minutes, stopping 28 of 36 shots before giving way to Liam Young.
Austin McNeil, Franco Colapaolo and Grant Iles tallied for the Glacier Kings. Second star Gage Colpron scored three goals for the Storm while first star Colin Blake had two goals and added three assists.
You can never have too much of a good thing. That includes a three-goal lead.
Last Wednesday night in Campbell River, the Glacier Kings built a 3-0 lead by the mid-way mark of the second period but couldn’t hold on, losing 4-3 in double overtime.
The G-Kings opened the scoring on March 11 with second star Derian Hamilton rippling the mesh at 18:01 on the power play.
Colton St. John made it 2-0 at 5:33 of the second, then set up Iles for the Yetis’ third goal at 13:36. Cue Josiah Friesen, who single-handedly ruined the Glacier Kings’ hopes of tying the series.
All Friesen did was score four straight goals. He pulled his team to within one with tallies at 13:44 and 18:42 of the second, then evened the count at 3-3 with a power-play marker just 37 seconds into the third period.
Friesen then clinched his first star award by netting the winner, unassisted, at 1:41 of the second OT session.
The Storm outshot the Glacier Kings 42-29 with Welyk picking up the win in relief of starting netminder Jesse Michel, who left with the score 2-0. Straza took the loss. Both teams were 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
ICE CHIPS The best-of-seven playoff final began Sunday in Victoria … Comox Valley defence man Landon Walters was the recipient of a Bob Saunders Community Leadership Award at this year’s VIJHL Awards Night … one player from each of the nine teams receives the award each year …