By Warren Andrews
Parksville, BC (ISN) – Willie Nelson sang how he couldn’t wait to get on the road again, and if the Storm can continue to get results like last night’s 2-0 win in Parksville, they may want to adapt that as their mantra for the rest of the VIJHL season.
The Storm were able to establish a forecheck early, which set the tone for the second period where the Storm did all the damage they would need in the house that Howie Meeker built.
Scoreless after 1, it would be 4 minutes into the 2nd before the Storm could solve Kiefer Giroux in the Oceanside net. It was a great effort from almost-16 year old Mikey Markland, who went roof from his knees. No assists. 1-0 River City.
Just over 2 minutes later, one of the Ninja brothers, Robbie Christenson made it 2-0, from Jamie Severs and Alex Benjestorf. Christenson and Carson McCullough are like Ninjas on the ice, silent assassins that creep around unnoticed until they strike.
That would be all the Storm’s Curtis Bagnall would need. He made 31 saves in recording his 1st VIJHL shutout. Campbell River would pepper Giroux with 35.
Next up for the Storm is a date with the expansion Westshore Wolves, who are 1-1. The game happens wednesday at Bear Mountain Arena. No play-by-play.
Other games in the league included Victoria hammering Kerry Park 10-3, led by Mark Walton’s hat-trick. The Nanaimo Buccaneers won their 2nd straight, 3-2 over Comox Valley. Quinton McShane the GWG.
Today Peninsula is in Parksville to play the Generals, while Westshore travels to the Arch to face the defending champion Cougars.