A weekend split of their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games left the Comox Valley Glacier Kings tied for second place in the North Division.
The Yetis crushed North Division cellar dwellers Oceanside Generals 9-5 on Dec. 13 in Parksville but fell 5-2 to the visiting Westshore Wolves Dec. 12 in Courtenay. The Icemen are even with the Nanaimo Buccaneers on points, but the Bucs have three games in hand.
Saturday in Parksville, the Yetis’ defence was questionable but the offence stamped an exclamation point on the hapless Generals in the lopsided 9-5 win.
Sheldon Brett (2g, 2a), Brendan Grier (3a), Liam Shaw (1g, 2a) and Keagun Selva (3a) sparked the Comox Valley attack while Colton St. John and Derian Hamilton had two goals each. Brandon McReynolds and Kyle Wade tallied one each.
The Yetis led 3-1 after one period and 6-3 after two.
A penalty-filled second stanza resulted in the G-Kings finishing 2-for-16 on the power play while the Generals ended up 2-for-12. Pearson picked up the win as the Icemen out-shot Oceanside 36-26.
Friday at the Comox Valley Sports Centre, the Wolves scored three unanswered second-period goals that proved the difference in the outcome after the teams exchanged one goal each in both the first and third frames.
Second star Franco Colapaolo and third star Jonas Horvath had the Comox Valley goals. Westshore out-shot the G-Kings 33-29 and went 1-for-5 on the power play to the Yetis’ 0-for-5. Wolves’ goalie Chris Smith was the game’s first star while Zachary Straza (who was replaced by Blake Pearson early in the third) took the loss.
The G-Kings close out the December portion of their regular season with home games Friday, Dec. 19 against Nanaimo (7:30 p.m.) and Monday, Dec. 22 against Oceanside (6:30 p.m.) with both games at Sports Centre #1.
ICE CHIPS Hamilton leads the team scoring with 42 (11g, 31a) points while Brett (17g, 21a) and Shaw (14g, 24a) are close behind with 38 points apiece … the Yetis return from their holiday hiatus on Jan. 2 when they visit North Division leading Campbell River Storm …