A Pair of Weekend Wins

Monday, December 14, 2015

“I thought we had a very strong weekend.” That comment from Storm Head Coach, Lee Stone, might be viewed as a bit of an understatement. In two games, Campbell River outscored the Oceanside Generals 15-2.

On allowing just two goals, Stone said, “We’re getting stronger in the D-zone, all five guys are playing as a unit and that’s exactly what we want to see as we close in on the Christmas break.”

Naturally, great offence doesn’t hurt and that was evident on Sunday in Parksville as the Storm dominated enroute to a 10-0 final score. Nine different players put the puck in the back of the net.

The Kobe Oishi, Carter Hikichi and Michal Holub line got the train moving in the first period. Hikichi seemed to be the spark as he was all over the ice in the first period picking up a goal and an assist, earning top star honours. Holub added a pair of assists and later, in the third period, didn’t hesitate to drop the mitts.

On Friday night, in their 5-2 victory at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, it was the Aaron Brewer, Christian Brandt and Dylan McCann line that came out strong. After falling behind in the 2nd period, this energetic bunch outworked everyone on the ice and by period’s end had picked up a pair of goals paving the way for the victory. Aaron Brewer was selected as the game’s first star and Stone was pleased with his play, “This kid is just dynamite, he’s such a hard worker.”

All the line combinations were working on the weekend. The so-called first line of Gage Colpron, Alex Rosolowsky and Colin Blake picked up 15 points.

“That’s the mark of a really good team, a championship contender”, Stone added, “When a team has 4 lines it really doesn’t make a difference which line is on the ice.”

Netminder Riley Welyk in his third start, since rejoining the Storm from the SJHL’s Notre Dame Hounds, picked up the weekend wins and was selected as the third star on Sunday.

Heading into the final weekend before the Christmas break, the Red and Black have a pair of important games. On Friday, it’s their nemesis, the Victoria Cougars, in town for the final meeting of these two teams during the regular season. The South Division leaders have owned Campbell River this year, outscoring the Storm 24-5. On Saturday, a trip to the Comox Valley and an engagement with the struggling Glacier Kings will be the last game of the calendar year.

The Storm have an 11 point cushion atop of the VIJHL’s North Division.