CVGK Media – Photos by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

March 10, 2013, Courtenay, BC (ISN) – The Comox Valley Glacier Kings hosted the Nanaimo Buccaneers on Saturday night at the Comox Valley Sports Centre for game 3 of the North Island Division Finals.

The Glacier Kings opened up the scoring in the game with a goal from Calvin Hadley at 4:54 unassisted. Nanaimo would respond within 2 minutes with a goal from Will McNamara to tie the game at 1-1. Halfway through the first, the Glacier Kings would find themselves on a two man advantage, and they would make no mistake with Garrett Halls capitalizing on a clean pass from Andrew White. The lead would shift back to Nanaimo by the end of the first frame with Riel Gibson scoring in synch with the buzzer to end the period.

Glacier Kings forward Michael Pond (#16) powers by a Nanaimo defender, Comox would push hard in the 3rd period – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

The second period showed marked improvements from the Glacier Kings, looking to energize their record home crowd of the year. At the 12:09 mark of the second, ‘Kings forward Michael Pond would maneuver around several Buccaneers, scoring the tying goal and proving why he was an excellent late addition at the VIJHL trade deadline earlier this year. Pond’s goal would be the only one of the period.

2a2- Glacier Kings forward Andrew White (#12) controls the puck along the boards, Nanaimo leads the best of series 2 games to 1 – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

The third period was much of the same, as the Glacier Kings would find it tough to get anything going. The Nanaimo Buccaneers would score the next two goals to give themselves a 5-3 lead. With four minutes left in the game, forward Michael Scobie would capitalize on the gritty effort of his line to put the Glacier Kings within one. In the final minute of play, Glacier Kings would pull their net-minder for the extra attacker, despite the effort the Glacier Kings would fall short, and the game would end in Nanaimo’s favour, 6-5.

Nanaimo Buccaneers Beau Blanaru (#17) celebrates a goal in the 3rd period Saturday night in Courtenay, the Buccaneers would hold for the 6-5 victory – Photo by Lena-marie Pawluk (ISN)

“We need a better effort from everybody on the team.” recapped Head Coach Bill Rotheisler, “It’s not time to start breaking apart what we’ve built and worked on to get us to this point. We have to regroup Monday and do the little things that made us the team we are.”

Game four is Tuesday night at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.