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Season series with Comox all over
Kerry Park Islanders started and finished playing the Comox Valley Glacier Kings in one fell swoop.
The teams completed all four Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League meetings against each other in the span of just nine days, with back-to-back meetings on Oct. 11-12 and 18-19.
“Usually we see a lot of the south (teams),’’ said Islanders’ captain Eric Mansueti. “For some reason, we got rid of Comox for this year.’’
That’s the way the schedule worked out and the Islanders are disappointed to have only won one of the four games between the teams.
“We actually have pretty weird games with them, for some reason,’’ said Mansueti.
“This last weekend we just struggled with consistency. Obviously, it wasn’t what we wanted. They’re definitely a beatable team.’’
The Islanders lost 4-2 to the Glacier Kings in a rare Friday night game at Kerry Park Arena. The rematch Saturday in Courtenay was much the same, although the Islanders fought back from a 3-1 deficit for a point during a 4-3 overtime setback.
“We turned it on in the last eight minutes,’’ said Mansueti of the second game.
Alex Milligan and Corey Peterson scored during the first period of Friday’s game. Comox Valley tied it in the second after peppering Islanders’ goalie Leighton Williams with 24 shots and scored the eventual winner early in the third on a power play.
The Islanders only had one goal from Francis Lapierre-Slicer to show for their efforts the next night until Milligan scored with just 5:45 remaining and Lapierre-Slicer added another with 3:58 left.
Ali Gotmy secured the win for the Glacier Kings with a goal at 4:14 of overtime.
Jackson Jane played goal for the Islanders and kept his team in the game with 32 saves.
The Islanders faced a dubious task Thursday, going against the powerful Victoria Cougars on the road.
“We have good games against them,’’ said Mansueti. “I feel like we can compete against Victoria.’’
The key, he said, was discipline because Victoria has the best power play in the league.
Last time the Islanders faced the Cougars Oct. 13, they gave up four power play goals in a 7-0 defeat.
The Islanders also play Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Kerry Park Arena against the Peninsula Panthers.