Braves Come Up Short in Campbell River

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

January 19, 2013, Campbell River, BC (ISN) – Jordan Kamprath’s wrap-around goal with 50 seconds remaining gave the Campbell River Storm a 3-2 win over the Saanich Braves in VIJHL action Saturday night in Campbell River.

The Storm win made it a quiet bus ride home for the Braves and many of their Dads, who had made the trip up with the team on their annual Dad’s appreciation trip.

Campbell River would open the scoring at 6:08 of the first period when Mike Allison would streak in off the left wing and snipe a shot past Braves starter Tanner McGaw for the 1-0 lead.

Saanich's Cole Golka makes a move into the Campbell River zone in the first period Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Saanich’s Cole Golka makes a move into the Campbell River zone in the first period Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Less than two minutes later, a Braves defensive miscue on the powerplay sent Scott Salberg in all alone and he would make no mistake, deking McGaw and putting a nice backhand to the roof for the 2-0 lead.

In the second, the Braves would carry the play and finally put one past Storm starter Nicholas Clark at the 15:56 mark when Max Mois converted a nice pass from Josh Gray to make it 2-1.

Saanich's Sam McMullen drives through the neutral zone (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Saanich’s Sam McMullen drives through the neutral zone (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Campbell River would hold on to that lead for most of the third period as well, until more hard work from Mois and Gray would even the score with just over four minutes to play.  Mois would charge into the zone hard along the boards, before slipping a pass out to Gray who would muscle it past a sprawling Clark to tie the game 2-2.

Max Mois would score a goal and assist on the Brave's second against the Storm on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Max Mois would score a goal and assist on the Brave’s second against the Storm on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The teams would battle hard for the next few minutes but with just over a minute remaining, the Storm’s Jordan Kamprath would charge in hard off the left wing, past the Saanich defender, fake a shot to get McGaw out of position and then charge hard behind the goal, wrapping around the far side and scoring the go ahead goal sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

Campbell River goalie Nicholas Clark would stop 22 of 24 shots for the win on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Campbell River goalie Nicholas Clark would stop 22 of 24 shots for the win on Saturday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

The Braves would pull their goalie but could not score and the Storm escaped with the 3-2 upset, earning just their 10th win of the season.

Saanich's Shawn McBride looks for an opening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Saanich’s Shawn McBride looks for an opening (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

Game Notes: The Braves would outshoot the Storm 24-23. Goaltender Bowman Rutledge, winner in last nights game against Peninsula, sat out tonight while AP Jason Stewart filled in. Also missing from the lineup was defenseman Kevin Massy. Cole Golka returned to the lineup after spending Friday with the Grizzlies, but was ejected in the second period for fighting.

Saanich's Josh McGladery drives past the Storm's Jordan Klampath (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Saanich’s Josh McGladery drives past the Storm’s Jordan Klampath (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)

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