Campbell River Storm move into sole possession of first place overall

CR Storm

Peter Kung 

(ISN) – ESQUIMALT, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars were on a roll, that was until they came into contact with the perfect storm.

Dane Feeney scored a pair of goals to lift the visiting Campbell River Storm to a 5-1 blowout win over Victoria in one of two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games played Thursday night.

Also scoring for the Storm (31-3-1-3), who led 2-0 after one period and 4-0 after two, were Josiah Friesen, Will McNamara, and Gage Colpron.

The win moves Campbell River into sole possession of first place overall in the VIJHL standings.

Ryan Carson replied for the Cougars (32-5-1-0) who had their five-game winning streak come to an end.

The Storm of today looked like the Storm of yesterday. They were simply dominant in all aspects of the game.

Playing in his first game since being acquired Saturday in a trade with the Peninsula Panthers, Reece Costain made his presence felt by checking Nick Lyons to the head for which he was penalized.

But it would be Campbell River who would score. From behind the Cougars net, Friesen wiggled his way past a defender before backhanding the puck past Grant Payne for a shorthanded goal at 17:03.

It was Victoria’s fifth shorthanded goal given up this season.

Just 45 seconds later, Colpron centered the puck to McNamara who fired it home for his league-leading 32nd goal of the season. McNamara, who also has 37 assists on the season, pulled to within four points of Sam McMullen in the VIJHL scoring race.

All of a sudden, it was 2-0 in favour of the Storm.

There was no scoring until the 7:18 mark of the second period when Feeney put the puck past Payne from the top of the blue paint. Campbell River took a 4-0 lead after Colpron was set up with a perfect pass from Tyler Welsh at 18:40.

Feeney notched his second goal of the night at 7:05 of the third period to make it five-goal game.

Victoria was able to make the score look a little bit more respectable with a power play goal from Carson with 78 seconds remaining in regulation.

Each team had four power play opportunities.

McMullen, who was held off the score sheet, had his 24 game point streak come to a screeching halt.

Backup Riley Welyk stopped 16 shots in his Campbell River debut. Payne made 30 saves.

In three games with the Storm, Victoria has been outscored 16-8 and outshot 107-58. Campbell River leads the season series 2-0-0-1 after three previous meetings.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Kyle Wade scored at 1:29 of overtime to lead the Comox Valley Glacier Kings past the Nanaimo Buccaneers 4-3 in front of 175 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Next game for Victoria is Thursday, January 22 against the Peninsula Panthers. Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 7:00 p.m.


1st star, Colin Blake (Goals: 0, Assists: 2)

2nd star, Dane Feeney (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)

3rd star, Gage Colpron (Goals: 1, Assists: 1)

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