Mikey Markland drives to the net during Friday’s game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers.

Storm split weekend games against Kings, Buccaneers

Nanaimo scored four times and the Storm replied with three in the second period

A seven-goal outburst in the second period blew Friday’s Campbell River Storm game against the Nanaimo Buccaneers wide open.

Going into the second frame at Rod Brind’Amour Arena, the score was tied 0-0 but Nanaimo scored four times and the Storm replied with three in the second period. The Storm goat two from Tyson Rennie and one from Alex Benjestorf in the second.

Alex Grupe tied it up quickly in the third for the Storm at 43 seconds before giving up the lead at 10:24 on the power play.

Pulling the goaltender allowed the Storm to press in the dying moments but the Buccaneers held fast, winning the game 5-4.

The Storm put that game behind them, though, coming out the next night to take on the winless Comox Valley Glacier Kings in Courtenay.

After the first period ended tied 1-1 on goals by the Storm’s Curtis Bagnall and the Kings’ Jordan Kamprath, the Glacier Kings took the lead at 6:01 in the second. The Storm came back with a goal from Mikey Markland on the power play at 14:04 on assists from Ryan White and Alex Grupe and then James Severs scored a shorthanded tally at 16:23 on an assist from Jesse Spooner.

The Kings tied it up again at 16:14 in the third but Alex Benjestorf scored the winner at 17:05 on assists from Severs and Spooner.

The Storm play the Glacier Kings on Friday night at Rod Brind’Amour Arena.