The Campbell River Storm evened up the VIJHL finals on Friday.
After an exhausting 5-4 triple overtime loss on Tuesday, the Storm came out flying on Friday night. Darren Hards opened the scoring at 6:56 in the first and Dawson Frank – who leads the team in scoring in these playoffs – added another just over a minute later.
The second period would prove a defencive battle, with neither team managing to solve their oppornent’s goaltender.
Then, just two minutes into the third, Brett Kinley beat Riley Mathieson to put the Storm up by three goals.
Joe Gage got sent to the box for hooking just over five minutes into the period, and Saanich’s Gavin Grewal would take advantage, beating Dylan Garand on the powerplay to get the visitors back within two.
When Gage was sent back to the box for roughing less than a minute after being released, Elliott MacIsaac would get the Braves one goal closer.
But that’s as close as the Braves would get. Campbell River held fast and the game ended in a 3-2 win for the home team.
They don’t have time to revel in their victory, however, as game three goes tonight down in Saanich. Game four is on Monday and game five is back in Campbell River on Tuesday.
Puck drop, as always, is 7:30 p.m.