By Warren Andrews
September 14, 2012, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Westshore Wolves earned their second win of the young VIJHL season Wednesday night as they needed a shootout to defeat the visiting Campbell River Storm 5-4 at Bear Mountain Arena.
Chalk this game up as a learning lesson for the boys wearing black and red. If you start slow, the results aren’t always going to be in your favor. It seems that was the case Wednesday night at Bear Mountain arena, as is often the case, a 3 hour bus ride can make your legs a bit sluggish early on. Credit the Westshore Wolves for pouncing on the travel-weary Storm early. Goals from Ex-Panther Joah Bloomenthal and Max Mois gave the homeside a 2-0 lead 13 minutes in.
The Ninja brothers would respond for the Storm some 3 minutes later. Carsen McCullough with his first regulation goal from Robbie Christensen and Tyson Rennie made it a one goal game at the end of 20 minutes. Shots were 10 on Curtis Bagnall (CR) and 7 on Alec Dillon (WS).
The Wolves would restore a 2 goal cushion with ex-Brave Sheldon Trees lighting the lamp less than 5 minutes into the middle frame. That seemed to wake the visitors up. Mikey Markland’s second of the year from Jesse Spooner and Alex Grupe on the PP, made it a one goal game, then Markland again ten minutes later from Grupe tied things up. The 15 year old center from Powell River continues to impress every outing. McCullough would strike again just a minute and a half later, this time on the PP from d-man Ryan White, and the Storm looked to be in control with a 4-3 lead, 40 minutes in the books. Shots were 14-12 in favor of the Wolves.
It remained that way until Gibson Doney got nabbed for a double minor, plus a 10 minute misconduct wth just over 5 minutes to go in regulation. The Wolves would score thanks to Trees again, and after 60 minutes, we still had solved nothing. Shots were 13-11 for the Wolves.
The Stom held the edge in shots in overtime at 5-2, but no red light. So for the 2nd time in 3 games, it was off to the shootout. Max Mois was denied for the Wolves, same fate for the Storm’s Rennie. Trees couldn’t keep up his hot steak, and neither could Markland.
That left the man that opened the scoring for the Wolves with a chance to play home town Hero. Josh Bloomenthal beat Bagnall, and now the Storm gave the puck to Alex Grupe. Word is he actually put it under the bar, but refereee Jordy Davis ruled the net was off the moorings. The Wolves halt a 2 game skid, the Storm taste defeat for the first time in 2012-13.