CVGK Media (Island Sports News) Photos by Jim Hockley (ISN)
April 12, 2013, Courtenay, BC (ISN) – Day one of the Cyclone Taylor Cup didn’t fair well for VIJHL Teams.
The VIJHL champion Victoria Cougars fell 5-2 to the PIJHL champions, the Richmond Sockeyes and the Castlegar Rebels, KIJHL champions, defeated hosts, Comox Valley Glacier Kings 3-1.
The Victoria Cougars and Richmond Sockeye’s faced off Thursday afternoon to open the 2013 Cyclone Taylor Cup Junior B Provincial Tournament. The Cougars opened up the scoring at 11:54 of the first, after an unsuccessful power play. Richmond responded a minute and a half later, on the power play, to tie the game at one. With 1:14 remaining in the first frame, Richmond’s Daniel Tait pushed the puck past net-minder Evan Roch for the go ahead goal.
Dean Allison scores Sockeyes first goal on route to a 5-2 win over Victoria. Cougar goalie Evan Roach blocks shot, while team mate Graham Zagrodney prevents Sockeyes Liam Lawson from the puck – Photo by Jim Hockley (ISN)
Cougar goalie Evan Roach diving for the loose puck – Photo by Jim Hockley (ISN)
The second period’s scoring was all Richmond as they took a commanding 5-2 lead that carried until the end of the game.
The second games of the day saw the host Comox Valley Glacier Kings battle the Castlegar Rebels, champions of the Kootenay International Hockey League. The first period was end to end action with no score for the first fourteen minutes of play. At 14:18 of the first, the Rebel’s Bryan Lubin would score his first goal of the tournament on a pass from Travis Wellman and Stuart Walton. Less than three minutes later, the same line would make the score 2-0 in favour of Castlegar as Lubin banked his second of the game.
Glacier King, Michael Hails makes one of many great saves against Castlegar Rebelsto keep the kings in the game ending in a tough 3-1 loss for the Comox Valley Squad – Photo by Jim Hockley (ISN)
The Glacier Kings came out stronger in the second, however it was the Rebels’ who drew first blood in the second frame, when Jeremy Mcgregor pushed the puck past Michael Hails on a pass from Darren Medeiros at 12:59. In the third and last penalty of the game, the Glacier Kings found themselves on the power play. Steven Garcia parked himself in front of
the net on the power play and banked a rebound from Rylan Ball, putting the ‘Kings on the board with seven seconds remaining in the period. The Glacier Kings left the ice trailing 3-1.
The third period would prove exciting, with scoring chances for both sides that had fans jumping out of their seats, gasping and scratching their heads as both goaltenders were brick walls. Both net-minders earned shutouts in the third as the final score was 3-1 and the ‘Kings were outshot 34-24 by the Rebels.
The schedule for Friday, April 12, 2013: 3:30 p.m. Castlegar Rebels -v- Victoria Cougars
7:30 p.m. Richmond Sockeyes -v- Comox Valley Glacier Kings All games are played at the Comox Valley Sports Centre. For more information visit www.glacierkings.ca.