by Peter Kung
March 8, 2014, CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. (ISN) – Braydon Horcoff scored the game winner with 27 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Campbell River Storm past the Victoria Cougars 1-0 on Friday night.
With the win, the Storm has now turned its best-of-seven semi-final series with Victoria into a best-of-five.
Cougars’ head coach Mark Van Helvoirt pulled Connor Beauchamp in favour of an extra attacker with 15 seconds remaining but the move proved futile.
Russell Sanderson, who posted his second shutout of the playoffs, turned aside 29 shots for the win. The former Merritt Centennials goalie made 40 saves in a 3-0 triumph over the Nanaimo Buccaneers back on Feb. 28.
Friday’s game, which began at 7:36 p.m. and finished at 11:31 p.m., was stopped in the third period because of problems to the ice. That prolonged delay forced both Victoria and the Storm back to their respective dressing rooms as the situation was being dealt with.
Campbell River got stronger as the game went along, blasting 13 third period shots towards Beauchamp compared to only firing 13 shots on goal during the first 40 minutes.
Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play.
In North Saanich, Michael Hails stopped all 28 shots he faced as the Comox Valley Glacier Kings evened their series at one game apiece by blanking the hometown Peninsula Panthers 3-0.
Game 3 of the Cougars-Storm series goes Sunday, March 9 in Esquimalt. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.
Sunday’s game can also be heard and viewed online at www.fasthockey.com.