September 6th 2015 – Nanaimo – The Nanaimo Junior B Buccaneers season is already in full swing in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League following the first week in the league.
Game One of the 2015/16 Season against the defending VIJHL Champions the Campbell River Storm did not go according to their plan as they were shutout 7-0 in front of 989 fans in Campbell River.
In the first frame Josh Coblenz would tally first at the 1:23 mark, followed by returnee Colin Blake to end the period.
Garrick Heathcote, a former Buccaneer and Alex Rosolowsky would add another two in the second period to take the 4-0 lead heading into the third.
In the third it was more of the same for the Storm as they’d add three more, Brett Witala, Braeden Cyra and newly appointed Captain Gage Colpron all getting on the score sheet.
Matt Kostiw stood on his head kicking away all 24 shots he faced, Alex Orth stopped 23 shots, letting in seven goals, before Cole Manns was called in for six minutes, stopping the three shots he faced.
The love affair has already started between these two clubs, former Storm Will McNamara receiving an Interference and Miscount in the first period, while Jake Calverley and Ben Raffler dropped the gloves in the third period.
The following night the Buccaneers were taking on the Glacier Kings were 60 minutes couldn’t solve it all.
Willie Daigneault of the Kings would get the lone goal in the first period to give the Kings the 1-0 lead, however in the second Buccaneers would add two to take the lead, first by Trent Bell followed by Billy Walters.
In the third frame it went back and forward, first Kings Tristyn Olson would tie the game up, followed by Trent Bell, his second goal of the game, however with 21 second to go, on the powerplay Brandon McReynolds would send it to overtime.
In the first overtime Nanaimo Boy, Brandon Roberge of the Kings would serve the bench minor were Veteran Jordan Levesque would capitalize, scoring to take the game 4-3 and even there record at 1-1.
The Nanaimo Buccaneers next game is their home opener this Thursday at the Nanaimo Ice Centre where the Glacier Kings will be looking for revenge; game time is 7:15PM
– Tali Campbell, Nanaimo Sports Correspondent