The Campbell River Storm extracted a healthy dose of revenge over the weekend, pummelling a pair of North Division opponents they had recently lost to.
Friday night at home, the Storm set a new team record for most goals in a game with a 17-1 annihilation of the Oceanside Generals. They followed that up with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Comox Valley Glacier Kings on Saturday in Courtenay. Campbell River was beaten in overtime by both teams last month.
“We had a bit of a sour taste in our mouths after losing those games,” said Storm captain Jordan Rauser. “It felt like we had a couple of points stolen from us. We came out flying this weekend and it showed on the scoreboard.”
Newly acquired Will McNamara, who the Storm picked up ten days ago in a trade with the Nanaimo Buccaneers, also set a record on Friday night. His nine point effort, including five goals and four assists, is the most ever by a Storm player in a single game.
It was also ‘Teddy Bear Toss Night’ and it didn’t take long for Storm fans to let the fur fly. Defenceman Trent Johnson scored just 39 seconds into the first period and Campbell River fans responded enthusiastically, littering the ice with a total of 169 stuffed animals.
Gage Colpron and Micheal Olson each registered hat-tricks in the lopsided contest, while Johnson, Tyler Welsh, Colin Blake, and Gavin Rauser collected four points apiece. Goaltender Drew Stuve, making his first start after being acquired two weeks ago, got the win in net for Campbell River. The Storm outshot Oceanside 43-10.
McNamara continued his hot streak Saturday against Comox Valley, scoring twice as the Storm triumphed for the fifth time in six meetings with the Glacier Kings. Colpron also notched a pair, giving him 20 for the season, while singles went to Olson and Connor Logan. Jesse Michel picked up the win in net as Campbell River outshot the Kings 44-23.
The Storm travel to Nanaimo tomorrow night to take on the Buccaneers, then return home to entertain the Saanich Braves Friday at Rod Brind’Amour Arena. Puck drop is at 7:30.