Come From Behind Win Proves Comox Is For Real


ESQUIMALT, B.C. – Dylan Paavola scored 42 seconds into double overtime as the Comox Valley Glacier Kings fought back from a two goal deficit to defeat the Victoria Cougars 4-3 on Thursday night.

Playing three aside, Jake McKenzie spotted a wide open Paavola for an easy tap in.

Also scoring for the Glacier Kings (11-3-0-0), who won their fifth game in a row, were Derick Smith, Jackson Gibson, and Willie Daigneault.

VIJHL Player of the Week Finn Withey chipped in with a pair of assists.

But overall the night belonged to Marcus Gloss.  The hulking net minder from Houghton, Michigan made 41 saves which included stopping all 20 third period shots.

It was déjà vu all over again for the Cougars (8-3-0-3).

Back on September 17, Victoria dropped a 4-3 double overtime decision to the Glacier Kings at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.

Smith opened the scoring at 15:41 of the first period to give the Glacier Kings a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short lived though, as Kaelen Anderson beat Gloss from in close at 17:01.

Then with only 15.6 seconds remaining in the period, Anderson centered the puck out to Kenny Britton who found the back of the net for his third goal of the season.

Grayden Hohl gave the Cougars a two goal cushion at 1:29 of the second period.

But goals from Gibson and Daigneault 55 seconds apart tied the game at three.

Victoria went 0-for-3 with the man advantage; meanwhile, the Glacier Kings were held to without a power play.

Anthony Ciurro, who stopped a penalty shot with 16.4 seconds remaining in the second period, made 31 saves.

Elsewhere in the VIJHL, Jordan Guiney notched the game winner on a power play early in the third period as the Westshore Wolves defeated the Nanaimo Buccaneers 2-1 in front of 145 at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Next game for Victoria is Sunday, October 23 versus the Nanaimo Buccaneers.  Game time at the Archie Browning Sports Centre, located at 1151 Esquimalt Road, is 3:30 p.m.



1st star, Marcus Gloss (Saves:  41, Save Percentage:  .932)

2nd star, Kaelen Anderson (Goals:  1, Assists:  1)

3rd star, Dylan Paavola (Goals:  1, Assists:  0)