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Goaltenders face heavy workload in trio of Islanders’ losses

Kyle Peterson is a consistent scoring threat for the Kerry Park Islanders. - Andrew Leong/file
Kyle Peterson is a consistent scoring threat for the Kerry Park Islanders.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Tough times continued for the Kerry Park Islanders last week with losses in three straight Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games.

The Islanders were on the road last Thursday in Nanaimo where they lost 2-1 to the expansion Buccaneers.

Braden Lundahl scored the lone goal for the Islanders in the second period.

Islanders’ goalie Jackson Jane kept the game close with 48 saves on 50 shots and earned the nod as the second star.

The Islanders picked up a point Friday night at Peninsula in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers.

Kyle Peterson scored a pair of power play goals for the Islanders in regulation time. Ben Meek replied with both goals for the Panthers.

In the shootout, Connor Krupa and Peterson were both stopped by Peninsula goalie Stephen Heslop. Will Finlay and Nathan Looysen ended it quickly for the Panthers with scoring shots on Islanders’ netminder Jordan Hospes, who was otherwise spectacular with 53 saves on 55 shots in 65 minutes of work, including a scoreless five-minute overtime.

Ironically, the Islanders had their most lopsided loss at Kerry Park Arena Saturday night, falling 8-3 to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

The game was tied 2-2 at the 14-minute mark of the second period when Kyle Peterson scored for the Islanders on another power play.

Jordan Crisp put the Glacier Kings ahead in the last two minutes of the second period and that opened the floodgates.

The Glacier Kings scored five unanswered goals in the third before Krupa intervened with the Islanders’ final goal in the last minute. Brendan Gowanlock opened the scoring in the game for the Islanders.

The Islanders are home to Campbell River Thursday and Peninsula Saturday.

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