Deuces were wild Saturday night in Parksville as two-goal performances by Grant Iles and Sheldon Brett lifted the Comox Valley Glacier Kings to a 5-3 win over the Oceanside Generals.
The victory improved the Yetis’ record to 4-2-1-2 and solidified their hold on third place in the North Division of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
Oceanside, in fourth and last place in the North, dropped to 2-8-0-0.
Iles’ unassisted goal put the visitors up 1-0 in the first period. Austin McNeil’s power-play goal made it 2-0 early in the second.
Jonah Pearson pulled one back for Parksville at 14:56, but Brett at 15:38 and Isles on the power play at 17:28 gave the Icemen a three-goal cushion after 40 minutes of play.
The teams traded third-period tallies. Keanu Gallegos scored at 1:47 to cut the lead to 4-2, Brett gave the Glacier Kings some breathing room at 7:44, and Grant Fisher made it 5-3 at the 10:54 mark.
The Generals outshot the Icemen 22-11 in the third, but Blake Pearson stood tall to pick up the win in net. Final shots on goal were 44-44. Comox Valley went 2-for-9 on the power play while Oceanside went 0-for-7.
Iles earned first star honours while Brett was second star and Gallegos was third star.
The game was the first of three straight between the two teams. The mini-series resumes this weekend with Oceanside visiting the Glacier Kings on Friday, Oct. 10 (7:30 p.m. Sports Centre #1) and the Icemen at Oceanside on Saturday, Oct. 11.
ICE CHIPS The Campbell River Storm (9-0-0-0) remain the only undefeated team in the VIJHL and they will be supplying the tricks or treats on Halloween when they host the Yetis on Oct. 31 … on their website the Glacier Kings have congratulated former players who are moving on in their hockey careers….goalie Michael Hails has accepted a four-year scholarship to Lindenwood University in Missouri while defencemen Brandon Halls and Nick Tupper have both committed to Concordia University …