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Early losses don’t sit well with more experienced Islanders
The Kerry Park Islanders are making a fresh start with a more experienced team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.
“This year, the expectations are a lot higher, too,’’ said goaltender Jackson Jane, one of six 20-year-olds on the team in their final season of junior eligibility.
As a result, the Islanders aren’t happy about starting the season 0-3. After dropping the opener to Westshore 7-4 last Wednesday, the Islanders were also beaten 6-1 at Peninsula by the Panthers Friday and 6-4 by the Saanich Braves in their home-opener Saturday.
The Islanders went winless in 15 straight games last season before finally winning. They want to get that first one out of the way much earlier this time.
“I think we should get untracked sooner than that this year,’’ said Jane. “Not a great start, but I don’t think the scores were all that indicative of how we played.’’
The home game against the Braves, in particular, was a decent showing with the Islanders holding a 55-46 advantage in shots-on-goal.
“The last two periods we definitely showed some signs of some pretty good hockey,’’ said Jane.
“Our offense is definitely firing better already than it was at any time last year.’’
The Islanders have Matt Grant in their lineup this season with his Junior A experience and a big defenceman in Tyler Fraser, who’s only 16 but highly-touted as a development player for the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League.
Grant had the lone goal at Peninsula. Kyle Green netted a pair while Corey Peterson and Tylor Branzsen added singles against Saanich.
The Islanders are at Campbell River Friday and host Westshore Saturday.