By Warren Andrews
September 14, 2012, Campbell River, BC (ISN) – Quentin McShane’s power-play goal midway through the third period gave the Nanaimo Buccaneers a 5-4 win over the Campbell River Storm in VIJHL action Friday night.
If tonight’s game was any indication, it’s going to be a fun 8 games head to head between the Storm and Nanaimo Buccaneers.
The night started with Jordie Salas making his second straight start at home for the Storm, while the Bucs slotted Cam Large in between their pipes. And early on, they controlled the roost. Large was tested twice on partial breakaways by Tyson Rennie and Alex Grupe, while Salas denied all Bucs shooters to keep it deadlocked at donuts after 20 minutes. Shots were 9 a piece.
The 2nd period brought more than enough goals to make up for the lack of red lights in the 1st. Seven goals in all had the fans riding a roller coaster of emotions.
It started after a brilliant save by Salas, with the Storm quickly moving the puck the other way. The Storm’s Tyson Rennie got the ball rolling on a brilliant shot set up by the Ninja brothers, Robbie Christenson and Carsen McCullough at 18:01. Rennie’s 1st of the new season. 1-0 River City.
Nanaimo’s Jordan Levesque answered at the 9:04 mark to tie the game, only to see Alex Benjestorf give the home side the lead just 25 seconds later. Benji’s 1st from Jamie Severs and Gibson Doney.
Then the Bucs got rolling, capitalizing on a series of Storm giveaways in their own zone. First it was Lynden Eddy at 7:36, less than a minute later shifty forward Garrett Dunlop added to the Bucs tally, then Levesque’s 2nd of the game shorthanded gave Nanaimo a two goal cushion.
Rennie would bulge the twine at 16:59 on the power play, from Christenson and Ryan White, pulling the home side within one after 40 minutes. Shots were 25-18 in favor of Campbell River.
Whatever Coach Rob Voltera said in between periods seemed to spark the Bolts. A wicked wrist shot from the blueline by Mikey Markland was tipped by Alex Grupe just 43 seconds in and tied the game up. It stayed that way until midway through the 3rd, when Quentin McShane made history with his shot on the right wing into a wide open net. His powerplay goal was not only the 1st in the history of the new franchise calling themselves the Buccaneers, but proved to be the game winner.
5-4 Nanaimo. Shots were 36-22 in favour of Campbell River. Buccaneers slide a point ahead of CR for 1st in the North.
The Storm are in action tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to Courtenay and face the winless Glacier Kings. They were beaten 4-2 in Peninsula. The Saanich Braves moved to 3 and 0 with a 7-4 win over the Oceanside Generals at the George Pearkes arena.