Storm leftwinger Colin Blake dekes around Nanaimo goaltender Alex Orth to score the sixth goal of the night for the Storm in their northern division playoff opening 6-1 victory.

Storm expect to carry opening tactics to game 2

Campbell River Storm coach Lee Stone expected to bring more of the same from Game 1 to the Nanaimo Buccaneers barn last night.

Game 1 of the second round of the VIJHL playoffs saw the Campbell River Storm come out on top with a decisive score of 6-1 Tuesday at Rod Brind’Amour Arena. Colin Blake scored twice along with Michal Holub, Austin Steger, Keenan Scardina and Alex Rosolowsky. Nanaimo’s Billy Walters scored the Buc’s lone goal.  Shots were 33-23 in favor of the Storm. The Three Stars were Colin Blake, Austin Steger and Darryl Senholt all from the Storm.

Stone credited among other things, the Storm’s presence in front of Bucs goalie Alex Orth.

“We knew we had to get traffic to the front of the net,” he told Storm reporter Mark Berry in a post game interview. “Four out of six goals, he didn’t see.”

Stone intended to keep that up going into last night’s Game 2 at Nanaimo Ice Centre (see for results).

“We talked about being greasy. It doesn’t have to look great. Everyone loves to win a greasy game, so let’s go and win a greasy road game.”

It’s a quick turnaround for the series with Game 3 7:30 tonight at Rod Brind’Amour Arena and Game 4 on Sunday in Nanaimo. Game 5, if necessary, will be at the Brindy on Tuesday.