Photographs by Michael Seemann (ISN)
January 6, 2013, Courtenay BC, (ISN) – A slow first period saw the Glacier Kings outshot and out muscled by the Saanich Braves who capitalized on all opportunities and scored two unanswered goals.
The Glacier Kings responded in the second, as they won battles along the boards and picked up their physical play. The Yetis’ outshot the Braves in the second period with several exciting scoring opportunities that had fans jumping out of their seats.
The intensity of play between the two teams escalated throughout the third period that erupted in a fight between Cody Eliason and the Braves’ Kevin Massy. The Yetis had strong defensive play throughout the period, however a miscue resulting in six Braves’ players on the ice would benefit the visitors with their fourth goal of the game, making the score 4-1.
Despite, the goal the Yeti’s would continue to be inspired by the refreshed physical play and continue to create opportunities. The opportunities would continue even through the penalty kill, as Mitch Ball would score a shorthanded marker to narrow the margin.
Despite controlling the play the rest of the game, it would prove too little, too late for the Glacier Kings as they would eventually fall 4-2 to the Braves.
“The lack of effort in the first period shows how important it is to come prepared and play a full sixty minutes against any opponent,” said Assistant Coach Mark McNaughton, “a better effort in the second and third period showed that our boys can skate with top teams.”
The Glacier Kings next game is Friday night when they’ll host the Victoria Cougars.