VIJHL Nanaimo Buccaneers/ Campbell River Storm playoff preview

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by Kyle Anderson

February 17, 2014 (ISN) – The Nanaimo Buccaneers will face-off against the Campbell River Storm in Round 1 of the 2014 VIJHL Playoffs.

 The Teams

  • Campbell River Storm – (30-14-1-2) 63 Points – 2nd VIJHL North
  • Nanaimo Buccaneers – (25-19-2-2) 54 Points – 3rd VIJHL North

The Schedule

*All games will be broadcast on FastHockey, with Warren Andrews having the Campbell River Games, and Kyle Anderson for the games in Nanaimo. Games 2 and 4, as well as 5-7 if necessary, will also be available as Audio only broadcasts available at http://mixlr.com/kcando23 Game Updates available on twitter as well, follow @KCAndo23 and @BucsVoice throughout the series*

  • Game 1 – Wednesday February 19th – Campbell River – 7:30
  • Game 2 – Thursday February 20th – Nanaimo Ice Center – 7:15
  • Game 3 – Friday February 21st – Campbell River – 7:30
  • Game 4 – Sunday February 23rd – Nanaimo Ice Center – 2:00
  • Game 5 – Wednesday February 26th – Campbell River – 7:30 (If Necessary)
  • Game 6 – Thursday February 27th –Nanaimo Ice Center – 7:15 (If Necessary)
  • Game 7 – Friday February 28th – Campbell River – 7:30 (If Necessary)

Goalies

The goaltending duel will be something that is watched very closely in this series. For the Storm, Jack Surgenor is the almost guaranteed starter, although Russell Sanderson could see some action as well. Surgenor played well in 9 games against Nanaimo this year, but his numbers were not near as good vs. the Buccaneers as they were against the rest of the VIJHL.

For the Nanaimo Buccaneers, it’s the 2nd straight season for Brad Knight where he might decide to flip a coin over his starting goaltender. Ryan Waldhaus had a torrent start to the season, but saw limited time down the stretch due to injury. Jackson Jane was a huge pickup at the VIJHL Trade Deadline from Kerry Park, and Jane started 3 of the last 4 games for Nanaimo, seemingly taking the inside track to being named the Game 1 starter.

Campbell River

Jack Surgenor

19-9-2

2.61 GAA

.913 SV%

Russell Sanderson

3-1

2.89 GAA

.885 SV%

Nanaimo

Ryan Waldhaus

17-6-1

2.72 GAA

.907 SV%

Jackson Jane (Overall)

9-20-1

4.01 GAA

.896 SV%

(with Nanaimo)

3-6

2.87 GAA

.903 SV%

Vs. Nanaimo

Jack Surgenor

5-3-1

3.30 GAA

.880 SV%

Vs. Campbell River

Ryan Waldhaus

4-3-1

3.82 GAA

.894 SV%

Jackson Jane (w/ Kerry Park)

1-1

6.56 GAA

.850 SV%

(with Nanaimo)

0-1

6.00 GAA

.870 SV%

Defensemen

Campbell River

They say defense wins championships. For the Storm, it might be the offense that their defense creates that could lead them throughout the playoffs. Trent Johnson put up 44 points in 38 games, and Alex Brewer added 31 points in 37 games. That’s not too bad for a couple ’95 born rookies in their first seasons. Elsewhere on the backend, Curtis Toneff can be a force to be reckoned with defensively, and acquiring Nick Hayes at the deadline helped the d-core of Campbell River greatly.

Nanaimo

The Buccaneers haven’t had the offensive defenseman since trading away Derian Hamilton 12 games into the year, although Noah Russi did pick up 27 points in 45 games. Rookie Dayton Boutilier has been strong on the back end for the Buc’s all year, and forward turned D-man Lynden Eddy has been one of the steadiest D-men the last half of the year. Jake Calverley plays with an edge and is effective when he’s on the right side of the line, but look for the Storm to try to get under his skin.

Forwards

Campbell River

The Storm are lead by two former Sicamous Eagles in Brendan DeVries and Brayden Taekema. These two forwards combined to score 70 goals, and add 91 assists for 161 points over the 48 game seasons. DeVries also set a Storm franchise record for assists in a season with 56 in just 44 games, and takes home the VIJHL scoring title with his 88 point season. Add in James Severs 18 goals and 25 assists, and the top line in Campbell River had 88 goals and 116 assists this year. That line has also been a Buccaneer killer this season as well, scoring 21 goals against Nanaimo. That’s not where the scoring stops though, as Gage Colpron had a great season with 22 goals and 21 assists in his rookie campaign, and Braydon Horcoff added 27 points in just 27 games this year.

Nanaimo

Up front scoring is a little bit of a question mark for the Buccaneers heading into this series, as leading scorer Garrett Dunlop is still out with an injury. Dunlop had 24 goals and 60 points in 43 games, and Jordan Levesque has helped pick up the slack with 47 points in 45 games this year. The signing of Garrett Brandsma was a big pick up for the Buccaneers as he has a heavy shot, and has 9 goals and 3 assists in just 10 games. Levesque has had 4 goals against Campbell River this year, but the hole left by Dunlop and his 14 points vs. the Storm will need to be picked up by the likes of Brandsma and Will McNamara. The checking lines for the Buccaneers are good shot blockers, and are very effective when they play with high energy. Keeping themselves as Even or Plus players may make the difference in this series.

Special Teams

Head to Head special teams was a key in the season series between these two teams, with Campbell River holding the edge. The Storm scored 17 times on the powerplay, to finish with a 27.4% efficiency against Nanaimo, which was above their season efficiency of 22.3%. For Nanaimo, their powerplay finished 4th in the VIJHL at 19.1%, but against Campbell River it only operated at a 16.4% rate.

The penalty kill for Campbell River was also strong this season, finishing with a 88.9% efficiency rate, while Nanaimo’s was slightly lower at 83.9%.

Overall Preview

This series may be one of the hardest to call when you look at the head to head matchup all season long. With the exception of the final 3 games against each other that were Campbell River blowouts, the teams have played some great hockey against one another. This looks to be a very physical series, and will see some great goaltending and a lot of talent up front. Both teams have been great when leading after 2 periods, so don’t expect a lead to be relinquished after 40 minutes. With 3 games in 3 nights to start off the series, and Game 4 an afternoon game on Day 5, fatigue may also play a factor, especially if any of the games go to overtime.

The Season Series

The season series between these two teams was actually a close affair when you look at wins and losses. The Storm did come away with the win in the season series, taking it 5-4 with 1 tie. It was a case of two halves in this one, as Campbell River took 4 of the last 5.

Game 1: September 5th 2013 – Nanaimo

The Buccaneers would get goals from Derian Hamilton (now with Comox), AP Devyn Grant, as well as Dan Foglietta and Riel Gibson. Brayden Taekema replied for the Storm, as Ryan Waldhaus took the win in net.

Final Score: Campbell River 1 Nanaimo 4

Game 2: October 5th 2013 – Nanaimo

A 3 goal 2nd period for the Storm paced them to victory in this one, as 5 different players found the back of the Nanaimo net. This was Nanaimo’s 1st loss of the season after starting off with 8 straight victories.

Final Score: Campbell River 5 Nanaimo 4

Game 3: October 25th 2013 – Campbell River

Nanaimo went 0 for 9 on the Powerplay but a 3rd period goal from Will McNamara was the winner. Ryan Waldhaus made 48 saves.

Final Score: Nanaimo 3 Campbell River 2

Game 4: November 1st 2013 – Campbell River

Another game that was heavily dominated on the shot clock by the Campbell River Storm went back and forth all night. Lynden Eddy had 2 goals and an assist and Dayton Boutilier scored the game winner halfway through period 3. A 50 save performance from Ryan Waldhaus kept the Buc’s in it.

Final Score: Nanaimo 5 Campbell River 4

Game 5: November 21st 2013 – Nanaimo

One of the best games of the season between these two clubs didn’t even have a winner. 70 minutes of highly entertaining hockey featured many big hits, and 8 goals. Jordan Levesque had a goal and two assists, while Trent Johnson had the same for the Storm. Waldhaus made 30 saves, Jack Surgenor made 32.

Final Score: Campbell River 4 Nanaimo 4

Game 6: December 13th 2013 – Campbell River

A bad first period from the Buccaneers saw them trail 4-0 after 1. It would grow to 7-0 after the 2nd, and only a late goal Riel Gibson would be the only positive, as this one was over early. James Severs had 2+2 to lead the Storm.

Final Score: Nanaimo 1 Campbell River 7

Game 7: December 19th 2013 – Nanaimo

Just 6 days after getting blown out in Campbell River, the Nanaimo Buccaneers would score twice in every period and win it 6-2. Nanaimo went 2 for 11 with the man advantage.

Final Score: Campbell River 2 Nanaimo 6

Game 8: January 3rd 2014 – Campbell River

Another tough first period for the Nanaimo Buccaneers as the Storm found the back of the net 3 times, and would cruise to another 7-1 victory.

Final Score: Nanaimo 1 Campbell River 7

Game 9: January 9th 2014 – Nanaimo

The Campbell River Storm scored on 2 of their first 4 shots to chase Michael Herringer (now with Kerry Park) and bring Ryan Waldhaus into the game. Waldhaus would leave in the 2nd with an injury and it went farther downhill for Nanaimo from there. Campbell River went 4 for 4 on the powerplay to win this one big. Hat-tricks from Brayden Taekema and Brendan DeVries lead the Storm.

Final Score: Campbell River 11 Nanaimo 3

Game 10: January 17th 2013 – Campbell River

The 3rd game in 2 weeks between these two teams would see Campbell River win their 3rd in a row over Nanaimo. Gage Colpron had a pair of goals and Jack Surgenor picked up the win as the Storm doubled up the Buccaneers.

Final Score: Nanaimo 3 Campbell River 6

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