A first period to forget erases Campbell River Storm’s previous night of domination

The Storm had their opportunities on the Westshore Wolves net on Friday but the puck just didn’t go in as easily as it went into the Storm’s net in the first period. - Alistair Taylor/The Mirror
The Storm had their opportunities on the Westshore Wolves net on Friday but the puck just didn’t go in as easily as it went into the Storm’s net in the first period.
— image credit: Alistair Taylor/The Mirror

After blasting the Nanaimo Buccaneers 11-3 Thursday night, the Campbell River Storm did an about face at home the very next night and lost to the Westshore Wolves 8-2.

Backup goaltender Griffin Bailie was chased from the net after only one period of play Friday night against the Wolves. With the score 5-1 going into the second frame, the Wolves didn’t give first string netminder Jack Surgenor much time to get warmed up as they popped in a quick goal at 1:16. Surgenor held his ground for the rest of the period which finished with a 6-1 score.

The Wolves added two more in the third, though, at 3:18 on a power play and then again on another power play at 6:26.

Things got chippy after that with James Severs getting a five minute major at 7:32 for head contact and a 10 minute misconduct. The Storm’s Curtis Toneff also took a five minute major for fighting that included a 10 minute misconduct. Also joining in the festivities were the Wolves’ Tyler Smith who got five minutes for fighting, two minutes for roughing and 10 minutes misconduct and Jesse Magdanz who got two minutes for head contact and a 10 minute misconduct as well. Later in the period at 8:07 the Storm’s Ryan Grills got two minutes for slashing while the Wolves Corey Peterson got two minutes for goaltender interference.

The Storm’s Michael Olsen added his second goal of the game at 16:01 of the third to finish out the scoring. The Storm was zero-for-six on the power play while the Wolves were two-for-six.

It was a better night for the Storm on Thursday in Nanaimo where they took it to the Buccaneers on the strength of hat tricks from Brayden Taekema and Brendan deVries, two goals from Trent Johnson and singles from Gavin Rauser, Tyson Smith and Jordan Rauser.

The Storm went four-for-four on the power play while the Buccaneers were one-for-three.

The Storm still hold first place in the North Division of the VIJHL with 50 points, five up on the Buccaneers and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings who both have 45 points.

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