Isles hang on to second place after splitting weekend games

Playing two games on the road, the Kerry Park Islanders kicked things off with a 3-1 win over Saanich

Playing two Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League games on the road last weekend, the Kerry Park Islanders kicked things off with a 3-1 win over the Saanich Braves, but followed that up with a 7-1 loss to the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.

Neither team managed to score over the first two periods on Friday, and when someone finally did score, it was the Braves on the powerplay, nine minutes into the third period. Kerry Park defenceman Tanner Brown answered back with a powerplay marker of his own at 15:29, and rookie Parker Ellis gave his team the lead just 19 seconds later.

Finally, Keenan Eddy deposited the puck into an empty net with three seconds left on the clock, putting the icing on the victory.

Islanders goalie Chase Anderson wasn’t especially busy, but was good when he needed to be, stopping 17 of 18 shots. The Isles peppered the Saanich net with 34 shots.

On Saturday, the Glacier Kings were up 3-0 before Caleb Franklin scored what would end up being Kerry Park’s only goal of the game midway through the second period. That was it for the Isles, as the Kings added four more unanswered markers.

In net for the Isles, Ty Rennie faced 39 shots and turned aside 32, while his teammates responded by firing 26 pucks at the Comox net.

The Isles managed to retain their tenuous hold on second place in the South Division, two points ahead of the Peninsula Panthers after last weekend’s games.

The Islanders visited the Westshore Wolves at the Q Centre on Thursday. They will be home to the Campbell River Storm, who sit first in the North Division, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.