February 24, 2013, Courtenay, BC (ISN) – Sunday afternoon in Parksville the Comox Valley Glacier Kings made team history. The ‘Kings swept a playoff series for the first time in the franchise’s 20 years.
Although controlling the play, the Glacier Kings seemed slightly passive during the opening few minutes of play, until Sasha Hahn would open scoring at the 4:24 mark. The period would end 1-0 for the ‘Kings, but an 8-8 deadlock in shots.
The Icemen would come out as the team the fans have seen all series and take control with a commanding offensive onslaught that saw the shots on goal 22-7 in favour of the Yetis. During the period, Sasha Hahn would score his second consecutive goal of the game, deflecting a Calvin Hadley shot from the point, followed by a Rylan Ball tally to end the period 3-0.
An unorthodox twist in the third period saw the game moved to the adjacent arena due to ice problems when Andrew White executed a flawless hip check that sent an Oceanside forward flying. The eerie event would not stall the ‘Kings play as the Glacier Kings would rely on strong performances from their energy lines, determined to close out their series aggressively. The continued strong play from the Icemen forwards would put the Yetis on the power play. Michael Pond would convert a Rylan Ball pass to further the Glacier King’s power play efficiency. Moments late, again on the power play, the opportunistic Rylan Ball would capitalize from Andrew White’s fourth helper of the night.
The play would continue in favour of the ‘Kings, with both teams getting chances until rookie Calvin Hadley would bury a beautiful shot behind the Oceanside netminder to Comox up 6-0. Eventually, veteran Joe Chase would tally for the home team but the seconds would count down on Oceanside’s season as the Glacier Kings would seal the sweep in convincing fashion with the 6-1 victory.
The Glacier Kings close out the series, with an unprecedented 16/16 on the penalty kill, and an effective 5/23 (22%) on the power play. Glacier Kings outshot their opponents in every game, totalling 165 to 97. Rylan Ball led all scorers with 7 goals and 1 assist (8 points) in four games. Andrew White had 7 assists, and Michael Pond earned 6 points (1G, 5 A). The Glacier Kings’ suffocating defense held Oceanside phenom Michael Fretz to a mere one assist in the series.
Glacier Kings Assistant Coach, Cam Knox was impressed with the ‘Kings success, ”I think this series is an example of the depth and character this team has had throughout the season, now that injuries and illness are down to a minimum, bring on Round 2!”
The Glacier Kings are expected to start Round 2 on Tuesday March 5th and will play either the Kerry Park Islanders or the Nanaimo Buccaneers. Nanaimo leads their best of seven 3 games to none.