Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
February 20, 2014, Saanich, BC (ISN) – The Comox Valley Glacier KIngs used four powerplay goals to cruise to a 7-2 win over the Saanich Braves in Game 2 of their VIJHL playoff series Thursday night at Pearkes Arena in Saanich.
The win gives Comox a 2-0 lead in the series with Game 3 scheduled to be back in Comox on Saturday evening.
The Glacier Kings scored early in this one, as just 3:17 in, Dallas Maxwell would walk out from the corner and fire Comox’s first shot high glove side on Saanich goaltender Jason Stewart for the 1-0 lead.
Comox’s Duncan Pernal drives to the net on Saanich’s James Sneddon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
Saanich would answer however when Dayne Ellison would pick up a pass from Evan Horvath and loft one at the Comox net. Goaltender Michael Hails had difficulty with it and it snuck past him, tying the game 1-1 at the 5:33 mark.
The Glacier Kings would retake the lead at the 8:20 mark, on the powerplay, when a point shot from Nicholas Tupper found its way through a screen and into the back of the net. They would add to that lead later in the period, when a Saanich miscue left Liam Shaw uncovered in front of the net. He would get a perfect pass from Jonas Horvath and one-time a blast past Stewart for the 3-1 lead.
Comox’s Will Finlay, who would earn a pair of assists, carries the puck out of his end Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the second, the Glacier Kings would take control of the game, outshooting the Braves 17-7 and receiving goals from Maxwell, his second of the night on the powerplay, Austin McNeil and Quinn Moore, also on the powerplay, to go up 6-1.
The Braves would get one back before the period ended when Hunter Atchison would stuff home a rebound, but the period would end with Comox ahead 6-2.
Comox’s Austin McNeil carries the puck ahead of Saanich’s Hunter Atchison. Both McNeil and Atchison would score for their teams Thursday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In the third, the Braves replaced Stewart in the nets with back-up Eric Palliser and he played well, stopping 8 of the 9 shots he faced. The only damage against him was another powerplay goal, this time from Comox’s Cody Eliason who blasted a point shot in off the point.
Traffic is heavy in front of the Saanich net during third period action Thursday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
The Braves meanwhile did manage to pick up their game a bit, launching 13 shots at Hails, but none would find their way through and Comox prevailed by the 7-2 score.
Game 3 in the series goes Saturday night in Comox. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM.
Comox’s Taylor Derynck carries the puck out of his zone ahead of the Braves Cam MacKay (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / Island Sports News)
In other VIJHL playoff action Thursday, the Victoria Cougars took a 1-0 lead in their series with a 10-1 drubbing of the Kerry Park Islanders, while the Campbell River Storm evened their series with Nanaimo 1-1, with a 4-0 win over the Buccaneers in Nanaimo.