By Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
Comox, BC (ISN) – The Kerry Park Islanders and goaltender Matt Chester pulled off the biggest upset of the opening round of the VIJHL playoffs by defeating third seeded Comox 4-2 Saturday and winning their best of seven playoff series 4-3. They now move on to face the Victoria Cougars in round two.
Kerry Park goaltender Matt Chester stopped 46 of 48 shots to earn the first star status and give his Islanders the upset 4-2 victory over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in Game 7 of their opening round VIJHL playoff series. The Islanders will now move on to face the Victoria Cougars in Round 2.
With home-ice advantage, the Glacier Kings were flying in this one, peppering 16 first period shots at Chester to no avail, as it was the Islanders who would notch the only goal of the period, that by Cole Peterson, giving the Islanders the 1-0 lead at the break.
Kerry Park goaltender Matt Chester stopped 46 of 48 shots to lead the Islanders to a 4-2 win over Comox Saturday and a 4-3 series win (ISN File Photo by Christian J. Stewart).
It was much the same in the second period, as Comox this time would throw 17 shots at the Kerry Park net, none of which could find their way in. The Islanders would again help their goalie out by scoring, this time Kyle Peterson doing the honours on the power-play.
In the third period, the Comox attack would not subside and after another 15 shots on Chester, they would finally solve the Kerry Park goaltender with a pair of goals by Michael Scobie and Keegan Fletcher.
However the two Comox goals were offset by two more Kerry Park goals, one by Joel Gordon and a second, a killer short-handed marker by Cole Peterson, his second of the game.
The Islanders will hope to continue their upset minded ways, as they now move on to face the powerful Victoria Cougars in the second round. There will be no rest for the Islanders as the first game in this series goes today, Sunday at 3:00 pm at Archie Browning. Game 2 is in Victoria on Tuesday, while Kerry Park will host Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Saturday.
In the other semi-final match-up, the number two seeded Saanich Braves will battle the Peninsula Panthers, with Game 1 of that series beginning Monday at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.