Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
February 17, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Tylor Branzsen’s goal at 8:21 of the first overtime period would give the Kerry Park Islanders a thrilling 4-3 win over the Campbell River Storm in the VIJHL Wild Card playoff game Sunday afternoon at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.
The Islanders will now advance to the North Division playoff brackets, where they will meet the North Division champions Nanaimo Buccaneers in the first round.
Campbell River’s Colin Blake avoids the hook of Kerry Park’s Tylor Branzsen in first period action Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Early on, the Islanders looked like they had no business even being in this game, as they were outshot terribly by Campbell River 16-6 in the first period, but managed to come away with a 1-0 lead thanks to a tip in goal from Corey Peterson at 17:06 and some solid goaltending from their starter Jackson Jane.
Kerry Park’s Jackson Jane was solid for the Islanders, especially in the first period Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
During the first intermission, referee Mike Christians must have exchanged whistles for one that worked better, as the second period saw a steady stream of characters head to the penalty box, resulting in multiple opportunities, including lengthy 5-on-3 chances, for both teams.
Capitalizing first were the Islanders, who jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a 5-on-3 chance when Kyle Peterson scored his first of the day at 4:02, putting a second goal past Storm goalie Nicholas Clark.
Kyle Peterson led the way with a pair of goals for the Islanders on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
After that, the Islanders found themselves on the short end of Christian’s whistles, getting called for six straight penalties, which resulted in powerplay goals from Campbell River’s Jordan Kamprath (at 9:16) and Jon Brumwell ( at 11:02) and suddenly the game was tied 2-2.
Kerry Park’s Connor Krupa looks for a lane in Sunday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
It would stay that way until the 2:21 mark of the third period when Kerry Park’s Kyle Peterson would score his second of the game, on yet another 5-on-3 chance, and the Islanders were up 3-2.
Campbell River would continue to get in penalty trouble with another call against them at 5:50 of the third, but this time they would turn things in their favour, when Brumwell would pick up a loose puck, head in one-on-one, make a nice move to beat a Kerry Park defender and then a nice deke to beat Jane, tying the game 3-3.
Campbell River’s Jon Brumwell would score a pair of goals in a losing effort on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Both teams would have their chances, but the 3-3 score would hold and the game went to a 10-minute 4-on-4 overtime period.
After some exciting play and rushes for both teams, the Storm once again bore the wrath of referee Christians, as Tyson Fair was whistled for holding at 6:19 of the 10 minute period.
Kerry Park’s Tylor Branzsen would play hero, scoring in OT to give the Islanders the win Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Despite some huge chances for Kerry Park, the Storm were technically able to kill off the penalty, but just 2 seconds after the penalty expired, Kerry Park’s Tylor Branzsen pounced on a loose puck at the side of the Storm net and managed to poke one past Clark while being tripped, to win the game for the Islanders.
Kerry Park’s Tylor Branzsen begins the celebration after scoring the OT winner against Kerry Park (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Kerry Park Islanders begin their celebration after defeating Campbell River 4-3 in OT on Sunday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The heartbroken Storm, who outshot the Islanders 53-41 for the game, lay on the ice in stunned silence as the Islander players celebrated around them and now have the dubious distinction of being the only team in the VIJHL not in a first round playoff series.