Campbell River Storm forward Josh Coblenz takes a shot on Victoria Cougars' goalie Anthony Ciurro during their VIJHL Final game Friday night (March 25) in Campbell River. The Storm lost 3-2 and the series is now tied 2-2. Game 5 goes this Sunday (March 27) at 3:30 p.m. at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt.

VIJHL Final now tied 2-2

The Campbell River Storm lost 3-2 to the visiting Victoria Cougars Friday night.

The fourth game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) Final was again decided by one goal, as the visiting Victoria Cougars beat the Campbell River Storm 3-2 Friday night (March 25) at the Rod Brind’Amour Arena.

The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first period, as Don Kolbeins scored on the powerplay, but the Storm came back to tie it 6:15 into the second when Keenan Scardina scored a powerplay goal from Colin Blake. With two goals five minutes apart (from Ryan Lawson and Aikila Sato-Gaudreau), the Cougars took the lead again and went into the third period leading 3-1.

Storm captain Gage Colpron got the home team within one when he scored 11:31 into the third period, assisted by Scardina, but the Cougars were able to hold on for the win.

The Storm outshot the Cougars 37-33 in the loss.

The Cougars’ win tied the VIJHL Final at 2-2 after the Storm won Game 3 Thursday night in Esquimalt, beating the Cougars 2-1.

All the scoring took place in the first period. Kobe Oishi gave the Storm a 1-0 lead 8:05 into the game, scoring from Josh Coblenz and Colpron, then Reece Costain made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal at the 15:29 mark. Josh Kretzschmar narrowed the Storm’s lead to one with an unassisted goal less than a minute later, but the Storm held the Cougars off the scoresheet after that.

The series heads back down to Esquimalt for Game 5, which goes Sunday, March 27 at 3:30 p.m. at the Archie Browning Sports Centre.