Storm Handle Saanich 6-2

Friday, November 27, 2015

There was just one game on the schedule for the Campbell River Storm on the weekend, a road affair in Saanich. Their 6-2 victory over the Braves ensured a perfect November, 9 wins in 9 games.

The Storm would give up a goal early in the first period to Saanich’s top line of Cameron Kovesdi, Dale McCabe and, ex WHL’er Brandon Fushimi.

Alex Rosolowsky would ensure that lead would be short-lived. His first of three goals came at 9:06. Gage Colpron won an offensive zone face off, muscled himself and the puck into the low slot area and then passed to Rosolowsky who buried it.

The Braves would regain the lead 6:50 into the second period. McCabe took a cross ice pass from Fushimi and fired it past Matt Kostiw before the goaltender could get across his crease.

That would be it for Saanich. Campbell River’s play intensified and that wasn’t any more evident than on the penalty kill. In the second period, they served two penalties and scored 2 short-handed goals, the VIJHL’s league leading 7th and 8th of the season.

With Darryl Senholt in the box for tripping, Rosolowsky was forechecking deep in the Saanich end. He stole the puck in the corner, circled the net and picked up his second goal of the night, this time unassisted.

Late in the period, a Saanich turnover in the neutral zone led to a Colpron breakaway, a quick deke and the Storm’s second shortie of the night.

The third period belonged to Campbell River. They would score three goals and outshoot the Braves 16-6. Kobe Oishi, Rosolowsky and Joe Gage were the goal scorers.

Gage’s goal was a beauty. Oishi fished the puck out of a tangle in front of the Storm net and slid a short pass to Gage. At full speed, no one could catch him and after a nice inside outside move he slid the puck past Saanich goalie Riley Mathieson.

The Storm were full value for the 6-2 victory outshooting their opponent 40-20.

The victory extended Campbell River’s lead in the North Division to 13 points. Their next action is the Teddy Bear Toss Game, Friday night at the Brindy where they’ll face the Glacier Kings.