Sports

Islanders, Storm heading toward Feb. 17 showdown

Kerry Park Islanders
Kerry Park Islanders' Kyle Peterson breaks away from the Saanich defence.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Nothing else that's happened to the Kerry Park Islanders this season will matter Feb. 17.

That's when the Islanders take on the Campbell River Storm in a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League wild card game to determine which of the two teams moves into the playoffs. The game will be played at Victoria's Bear Mountain Arena at 1:30 p.m.

"We've been doing pretty good against them,'' said veteran Islanders' forward Kyle Peterson. "It'll be an intense game.''

The bottom two teams in the respective south and north divisions will square off two times before then, Friday at Campbell River and the following Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Kerry Park Arena.

But it's the game on Feb. 17 that will determine which team advances with the other seven league members to the post-season.

Kerry Park had another strong outing against a highly-regarded team, the Saanich Braves, Saturday at Kerry Park Arena, but lost 7-4.

"We were up 2-0 and they came back and won,'' said Peterson.

"We don't play a full 60 minutes and they have a lot of skill guys on their team.''

Eric Mansueti led the Islanders with a pair of goals. Kyle Peterson and Cody Short notched singles.

"All of our games have been really close games,'' said Peterson of the Islanders' meetings with the Braves.

The Islanders' leading goal-scorer, Alex Milligan, was called up by the B.C. Hockey League's Cowichan Valley Capitals. His presence to complement Peterson's scoring was sorely missed.

Peterson said the Islanders still need to do some work if they hope to win the wild card game and make any kind of impression in the playoffs if they qualify.

"It's mostly our defensive zone we need to work on,'' he said. "Our offensive zone is doing pretty good.''

The Islanders face off against the Nanaimo Buccaneers Saturday at 4 p.m. at Cowichan Arena in Duncan as part of Hockey Day in the Valley.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Teacher strike cheques in the mail
 
ELECTION 2104: Men vying for Mill Bay director identify sewer and salary issues among top priorities
 
ELECTION 2104: Candidate wants the E&N turned into high-tech testing ground
Prince Rupert LNG project delayed, others on track
 
CANCER & FAMILIES-Part 3 – Family focus brought to cancer care
 
Fire departments respond to school fire
COFFEE WITH: Chamber of commerce point man retires
 
Video explores Early Childhood Education program at North Island College
 
Herring season ready to roll

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event




Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.