A shorthanded junior B Cowichan Valley Thunder team managed an 11-10 win over one of its closest rivals, the Saanich Tigers, at Archie Browning Arena last Sunday.
The Thunder had just 15 runners available, with six of them, as well as goalie Kain Stewart, called up from the intermediate squad.
The Thunder found themselves down 2-0 early, but came back to lead 3-2 by the end of the first period. Cowichan then went ahead 7-2 only to run into penalty trouble, which led to an 8-8 score after two frames.
In the third, Cowichan went ahead 11-9 and surrendered a late goal to win by a single goal.
Among the host of intermediate call-ups, Stewart had an outstanding game to give his team a chance to win.
Scoring for the Thunder were Graham Winship with four goals and three assists, Adam Golia with a goal and six helpers, Brandon Brown with two of each, Tyson Black with two goals and one assist, and Tyler Clint and Paul Yaremus with one goal apiece. Colin Winship had two assists, and Alex Hayton, Luke Anderson and Luke Frost had one each.
The Thunder visited the Nanaimo Timbermen on Wednesday night. Their next home game is set for May 31 at 4:30 p.m.