Storm take a 2-0 lead in the VIJHL Championship Series


Peter Kung

(ISN) – CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – The Victoria Cougars put themselves behind the eight-ball following their 3-2 double overtime loss to the Campbell River Storm Tuesday night.

Kobe Oishi scored at the 16:36 mark when he scooped up a loose puck in the corner, wheeled out towards the net, and ripped a wrist shot between the legs of Grant Payne for the eventual game winner.

The win gives the North Island Division champion Storm a 2-0 series lead in the VIJHL Championship Series.

Campbell River won the opener 3-2 in overtime last Sunday.

And just like in Game 1, Tuesday’s game was fast-paced and nerve-racking.

Brett Lervold, who was sent in all alone with all kinds of time, had a chance to win the game for the Cougars just moments earlier only to have his backhander turned aside by Riley Welyk.

The Storm jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period on a power play goal by Dane Feeney. After receiving a pass from Tyler Welsh, Feeney walked out in front and slid the puck under Payne for his first of two goals of the night.

Gavin Rauser, who had a scoring chance during that period, returned to the Campbell River lineup after missing the previous 13 games due to a lower body injury.

The score would remain 1-0 in favour of the Storm until the 14:32 mark of the middle frame. From the Cougars blue line, Welsh headman the puck up to Feeney who beat Payne with a well-placed backhander.

Watching the proceedings from the sin bin was Victoria defenseman Mitch Moloney.

The Cougars pulled to within a goal 69 seconds after Feeney had made it 2-0.

Lervold, from behind the net, sent a pass out to Devin Mackey who one-timed the puck past Welyk. The goal could not have happened had it not been for the fore-checking of John Kretzschmar who caused Trent Johnson to turn the puck over.

Campbell River head coach Lee Stone was forced to juggle his lines when Reece Costain took a ten-minute misconduct following the goal.

Mackey, unassisted, tied the game at 6:43 of the third period with his second marker of the night and sixth goal of the playoffs.

Both goaltenders came up with some huge saves late in regulation and in the overtime periods.

Shots on goal favoured the Storm, 35-23.

Sam McMullen, who leads all scorers with 20 playoff points, was held off the score sheet for the second straight game.

Both teams also received a couple of power plays opportunities in both overtime periods but were unable to capitalize.

Special teams were a factor as Campbell River finished 2-for-8 with the man advantage while the Cougars went 0-for-3.

Game 3 goes Thursday night in Victoria.


1st star, Kobe Oishi (Goals: 1, Assists: 0)

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

3rd star, Devin Mackey (Goals: 2, Assists: 0)