The Comox Valley Glacier Kings’ march through the playoffs could end as early as March 1.
It will be or die for the Yetis Thursday night as they must win to stay alive in their best-of-seven Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League quarter-final series with the Kerry Park Islanders.
The Isles grabbed a 3-2 lead in the series Tuesday night in Courtenay by edging the Yetis 3-2 in a goaltenders’ duel. The Glacier Kings need to win Thursday in Kerry Park to force a seventh and deciding game Saturday (March 3) in Courtenay. That game would go at 7:30 p.m. at the Comox Valley Sports Centre.
At the Sports Centre on Tuesday, first star Matt Chester of Kerry Park made 32 saves and second star Cameron Large stopped 40 at the other end as the teams kept the fans on the edge of their seats.
The Icemen were up 1-0 after one period and the teams were tied 2-2 after two. Brandon Nicholson’s power-play goal midway through the third period was the winner.
Adam Robertson and Derick Nicholson scored for Comox Valley while Cole Peterson and Conner Morgan had the other Kerry Park tallies. The Isles went 1-for-3 on the power play while the Yetis were 0-for-5.
In the other two quarter-final series, the Saanich Braves and Campbell River Storm are even at 2-2 while the Peninsula Panthers lead the Oceanside Generals 3-2.
Reports out of Victoria indicate the VIJHL is adding two teams next season.
Jr. B is returning to the West Shore area of Victoria, but it will be a new franchise, not the Stingers, who folded last season. They will play in the South Division. Joining the North Division will be a team in Nanaimo.
Details on the two new teams will be announced during the league championship series. The VIJHL, which operates under Hockey Canada rules, is also considering adopting rules to reflect provincial rules.