Kerry Park Islanders hoping they are over the hurdle

The Kerry Park Islanders didn’t lose to the Oceanside Generals last Thursday, but the result, and the performance, still weren’t quite what management was hoping for from the players.

"We still didn’t get the right response from the team," Islanders owner Mark Osmond said.

Coming off back-to-back losses the previous weekend, the Isles played back-to-back overtime games this time around, tying the Generals 3-3 last Thursday, then edging the Saanich Braves 5-4 last Saturday.

After a scoreless first period on Thursday, the Isles opened the scoring early in the second with a goal by rookie Patrick Poets. The Generals pulled even with a powerplay goal a couple of minutes later, then took the lead late in the middle frame.

Just 18 seconds into the third period, Braedan Cross scored to draw the Isles even, and Poets potted his second of the game to get the lead just before the sevenminute mark. The Generals scored at 8:39 to make it 3-3, and more than 11 minutes of scoreless hockey – including four minutes where the Isles were shorthanded – led to overtime, where the teams again failed to score.

Poets, Cross, Nick Kean and Zack Smith all finished the game with two points, and Leighton Williams earned the win with 53 saves on 56 shots.

"We should have won that game if we had played the way we know we can," Osmond said.

Kerry Park suffered two injuries on bad hits by the Generals, neither of which was penalized. The Isles lost Cody Short to a broken shoulder blade, and thought they had lost Abe Lamontagne, although it turned out he had only suffered a stinger and sat out the rest of the game.

On Saturday, Cross scored the winner at 4:22 of the first overtime after the Isles weathered a push from the Braves early in the extra session.

The teams traded pairs of goals throughout regulation, beginning with the Braves scoring twice in the first period. Nick White scored shorthanded at 1:33 of the second, and Lamontagne tied the game just 52 seconds later.

The Braves scored two more before the end of the second to again pull ahead by two, but the third period was all Kerry Park as Cam Nickerson scored at 10:04 and Ryan Hogg added a powerplay goal at 16:57. The teams went scoreless for the remainder of regulation, setting the stage for Cross’s heroics.

Cross, Nickerson and Lamontagne each finished with a goal and an assist, and defenceman Chris Carpentier had two helpers. Williams got a second consecutive start, and stopped 30 of 34 shots.

"It was a good win for the guys," Osmond said. "Hopefully we’ve gotten over the hurdle of bad games."

The Isles did lose forward Kean, who was knocked out on a clean hit, adding to the woes of Short’s injury.

"That could have been a costly weekend for us," Osmond said.

Holding down third place in the VIJHL’s South Division with seven wins, six losses, one tie and two overtime losses, the Isles visit the Braves on Wednesday before playing a home-and-home with the Campbell River Storm on the weekend, in Campbell River on Friday and at home on Saturday, facing off at 7:30 p.m.

Just Posted

Pair of 11-year-old Cowichan highland dancers heading to Virginia for competition

Amelia Marsh and Maya Sundstrom are excited about the possibilities

Chris Wilkinson column: Where are you on the Happiness U-Curve?

With age and maturity, the focus turns away from social competition and toward social connection.

Music trivia tournament in Duncan a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

Drivesmart column: Wet weather driving dos and don’ts

Wet pavement alone can increase stopping distances by more than 10 per cent.

Guest column: Why “Weir” Ready: with James Buchan

This is part two of a feature series by the Cowichan Watershed Board

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Most Read