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Glacier Kings, Storm battling to the wire
That's the number of points by which the Comox Valley Glacier Kings trail the Campbell River Storm in their race for top spot in the North Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
Both teams have five regular season games left in which to decide the issue, including a Feb. 10 showdown in Campbell River.
The Yetis fell a bit farther back of the Storm after splitting their last two games while C.R. is on a three-game winning streak.
On Jan. 31 in Courtenay, the Glacier Kings got four-point performances from first star Eric Margo (1g, 3a) and second star Duncan Pernal (2g, 2a) in a 6-1 rout of North Division cellar-dwellers Oceanside Generals. Third star Liam Shaw added two assists.
The Generals out-shot the G-Kings 36-28, with Michael Hails picking up the win. The visitors were 0-for-5 on the power play while the Yetis went 2-for-4. Comox Valley led 2-1 after one period and 5-1 after two.
It was the final regular season meeting between the two teams, and after an uneventful first 40 minutes the players decided to bid each other a less-than-fond farewell as fighting and game misconducts kept game officials hopping in the third period.
On Jan. 29 the Yetis were at Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria where they dropped a 7-5 decision to the Westshore Wolves.
The Glacier Kings out-shot the Wolves 49-30, including 25-12 in the third period, but Westshore goalie Nick Dueck was up to the challenge. Blake Pearson took the loss.
Second star Jordan Kamprath led the G-Kings with two goals while Taylor Bowman, Pernal and Jonas Horvath added one each. Nick Govig chipped in a pair of helpers.
The teams were tied 2-2 after one with the Wolves up 4-2 after two. Brett Lervold, who is second in league scoring, notched a hat trick for Westshore, including the game winner.
Heading down the home stretch, the Glacier Kings play Feb. 6 in Victoria, Feb. 8 at home to Nanaimo, Feb. 10 at Campbell River, Feb. 13 at Nanaimo and Feb. 15 at home to Nanaimo.
The Storm's final five RS games are Feb. 5 (A) vs. Westshore, Feb. 7 (A) vs. Peninsula, Feb. 10 (H) vs. Comox Valley, Feb. 14 (H) vs. Victoria and Feb. 15 (A) vs. Oceanside.
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