March 8, 2013, Courtenay, BC (ISN) – The Comox Valley Glacier Kings travelled to Nanaimo for game two of the VIJHL’s North Island Division Finals. From the stands it looked like they left their grit and edge on the bus.
The first period started off in Nanaimo’s favour when the Yetis’ star forward Rylan Ball was sent to the penalty box for boarding at 1:12. Nanaimo capitalized on the one man advantage with a goal from McNamara. Despite outshooting the Bucc’s 10-9, the Icemen were unable to get the puck past Nanaimo’s Cam Large.
The second period saw more intensity from the Glacier Kings, but they seemed unable to gain any momentum. An unlucky bounce at 8:07 when a ‘Kings defenseman attempted to clear the puck and it bounced off of McNamara’s shin and into the Yetis net. The second frame closed with Comox Valley outshooting Nanaimo 13-5. The ‘Kings would head to the dressing room trailing by 2.
The third period saw the Glacier Kings continue their trend of meritocracy. After forward Jack Kennelly was sent to the penalty box for interference, the Glacier Kings had a stellar penalty kill which pushed the momentum in their favour. Recharged and hungry for a goal the Glacier Kings bombarded net-minder Cam Large with shot after shot, hoping to find an open slot to bury the puck. Their persistence paid off. With 4:02 remaining in the second period, forward Michael Pond moved the puck past Large on a pass from Rylan Ball, giving the line mates points in their 6th consecutive playoff game. The intensity shown in the last 4 minutes of the third period was too little too late as time ran out. The Glacier Kings outshot Nanaimo 37-19.
“Although we outshot the Buccaneers, by a 2-1 margin, it seemed as though the boys were not willing to go to the dirty areas to get the job done. That being said, I think you have to give credit where credit is due and Cam large played an outstanding game for Nanaimo