Isles blown away by Storm, mauled by Westshore Wolves

The Kerry Park Islanders lost back-toback games for just the second time this season last weekend, falling 7-3 to the Campbell River Storm on Friday and 8-5 to the Westshore Wolves on Saturday.

The Isles trailed the Storm 7-0 on Friday before Lynden Eddy finally got them on the scoreboard with a powerplay goal at 7:14 of the second period. Zack Smith and Ryan Paisley (on the powerplay) scored in the third period, but the Isles weren’t quite able to narrow the enormous gap.

Paisley finished with a goal and two assists, while Cody Short had three helpers.

Ty Rennie faced 23 shots in just 20 minutes of work and made 18 saves. Leighton Williams faced another 33 shots over the last 40 minutes and stopped 31. The Isles had a third of the shots that the Storm managed, firing just 17 at Campbell River’s Kyle Cheema.

On Saturday, the Isles led 5-4 going into the third period, but suffered a defensive meltdown as the Wolves battled back with four unanswered goals in the final frame.

The Wolves opened the scoring, but Short’s shorthanded goal evened things up going into the first intermission. The Isles went ahead early in the second as Patrick Poets and Kyle Green found the net just 13 seconds apart, but the Wolves again leveled the score. Smith and Abe Lamontagne scored to put the Kerry Park up by two again, but one more Westshore goal cut the lead to one at the end of the second. The third period was all Westshore.

Williams started and stopped 48 of 56 shots. The Isles chased Westshore starter Riley Welyk with three goals on their first 11 shots, then got two pucks past backup Chris Smith on just nine shots.

With six wins, six losses, no ties and two overtime losses, the Isles remain in third place, in the middle of the South Division pack. They hosted Oceanside on Thursday evening, and will be home to the Saanich Braves at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.