VIJHL

Brady Estabrook continued his torrid scoring pace for the Kerry Park Islanders with three points against the Saanich Predators last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Estabrook and Walker pace Kerry Park Islanders to win over Saanich

Early deficit easily overcome by powerful Kerry Park offence

Brady Estabrook continued his torrid scoring pace for the Kerry Park Islanders with three points against the Saanich Predators last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kraken forward Anthony Wilson kicks the puck to his stick during the second period of his team’s win over the Nanaimo Buccaneers in Lake Cowichan last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Split weekend for Lake Cowichan Kraken

Kraken fall to Storm in Campbell River, beat Bucs at home

Kraken forward Anthony Wilson kicks the puck to his stick during the second period of his team’s win over the Nanaimo Buccaneers in Lake Cowichan last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Islanders captain Matt Baird helps a Victoria Cougars player to the ice during the teams’ clash at Kerry Park Arena on Sunday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Goalies come up big for Kerry Park Islanders

DeMelo and Young form an impressive pairing

Islanders captain Matt Baird helps a Victoria Cougars player to the ice during the teams’ clash at Kerry Park Arena on Sunday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Richard Bergman had four points in two games for the Lake Cowichan Kraken last week. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan Kraken salvage one win from up-and-down week

Leads in two games don’t hold up, but Kraken finish with a win

Richard Bergman had four points in two games for the Lake Cowichan Kraken last week. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
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Delta to host B.C. Junior ‘B’ hockey’s Cyclone Taylor Cup championship next April

The 2021 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Kerry Park defenceman Joel Elsaesser hunts down the puck in front of Dryden DeMelo’s crease during the Isles’ 4-2 win over the Victoria Cougars last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders get back to .500 in VIJHL

Weekend wins include second loss of the year for Victoria Cougars

Kerry Park defenceman Joel Elsaesser hunts down the puck in front of Dryden DeMelo’s crease during the Isles’ 4-2 win over the Victoria Cougars last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan Kraken forward Julian Rutland — the overtime hero against Port Alberni on Saturday — slips past a Comox Valley Glacier Kings defender during his team’s 5-1 win at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena last Friday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Two more wins, in different ways, for Lake Cowichan Kraken

Four wins in two weekends for first-year club

Lake Cowichan Kraken forward Julian Rutland — the overtime hero against Port Alberni on Saturday — slips past a Comox Valley Glacier Kings defender during his team’s 5-1 win at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena last Friday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers’ comeback falls short against Lake Cowichan Kraken

Two newest teams in the VIJHL squared off at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Team captain Donovan Griffin scored the decisive goal in the Kraken’s first-ever overtime win and road victory against the Oceanside Generals last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Lake Cowichan Kraken make history with first wins

Home win Friday followed by overtime road victory Saturday

Team captain Donovan Griffin scored the decisive goal in the Kraken’s first-ever overtime win and road victory against the Oceanside Generals last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kerry Park’s Matthias Raschdorf battles with a Westshore player during the Islanders’ loss to the Wolves at Kerry Park Arena last Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders drop two against South Division rivals

Despite losses, Isles still close in cramped division standings

Kerry Park’s Matthias Raschdorf battles with a Westshore player during the Islanders’ loss to the Wolves at Kerry Park Arena last Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kraken rookie forward Bryce Burnett gets tangled up with a Campbell River Storm player during last Sunday’s game at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Lake Cowichan Kraken still looking for first win

Team needs to learn how to win close games, coach notes

Kraken rookie forward Bryce Burnett gets tangled up with a Campbell River Storm player during last Sunday’s game at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Islanders forward Luken Murray battles for the puck in a recent game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders beat Oceanside to snap brief losing skid

Isles drop two but bounce back with win over Generals

Islanders forward Luken Murray battles for the puck in a recent game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kraken forward Brady Estabrook (19) carries the puck into the Saanich Predators’ end. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Kraken forward Brady Estabrook (19) carries the puck into the Saanich Predators’ end. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Islanders forward Jackson Egan turns on a dime during his team’s game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Back-to-back wins for Kerry Park Islanders

Hat trick and outstanding goaltending propel Isles to victories

Islanders forward Jackson Egan turns on a dime during his team’s game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers last Saturday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan Kraken starting goaltender Jake Hebert leads the way as players are introduced prior to the VIJHL expansion team’s home opener at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan Kraken’s long-awaited home-opener ends in shootout thriller

Delays only heighten the anticipation for junior B club’s debut

Lake Cowichan Kraken starting goaltender Jake Hebert leads the way as players are introduced prior to the VIJHL expansion team’s home opener at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Islanders goalie Dryden DeMelo, seen here in his team’s home opener against the Saanich Predators, made 23 saves for his first VIJHL shutout in Port Alberni last Wednesday. (Citizen file)

DeMelo backstops Kerry Park Islanders to shutout win over Bombers

Isles split weekend games against Saanich and Victoria

Islanders goalie Dryden DeMelo, seen here in his team’s home opener against the Saanich Predators, made 23 saves for his first VIJHL shutout in Port Alberni last Wednesday. (Citizen file)
Nathan MacDonald of the Port Alberni Bombers keeps the puck away from a Kerry Park defender during the Bombers’ home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nathan MacDonald of the Port Alberni Bombers keeps the puck away from a Kerry Park defender during the Bombers’ home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Islanders forward Jackson Egan gets in the way of a Predators shooter during last Sunday’s VIJHL showdown at Kerry Park Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders open with a loss to Saanich

Lake Cowichan Kraken set to play home opener this Friday

Islanders forward Jackson Egan gets in the way of a Predators shooter during last Sunday’s VIJHL showdown at Kerry Park Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
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Lake Cowichan Kraken have two more games cancelled

Postponed contests include home opener and visit to Kerry Park

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Rowan Zapisocki of the Lake Cowichan Kraken skates over the blueline into the Nanaimo Buccaneers’ zone during last Friday’s VIJHL exhibition game at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Zapisocki had two goals and two assists in the Kraken’s two preseason games against the Bucs last week. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kraken, Isles wait for word after VIJHL postpones season opener

Cowichan Valley junior B teams eager to get in action after exhibition success

Rowan Zapisocki of the Lake Cowichan Kraken skates over the blueline into the Nanaimo Buccaneers’ zone during last Friday’s VIJHL exhibition game at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena. Zapisocki had two goals and two assists in the Kraken’s two preseason games against the Bucs last week. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)