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Isles end year on a high with decisive victory over Storm

Kerry Park begins 2023 at home against the Peninsula Panthers on Jan. 3. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

There was as storm brewing when Campbell River visited the Islanders Saturday, Dec. 17 for their last game of 2022.

The storm unleashed a flurry of goals — nine in total — at Kerry Park Arena and when all was said and done, it was the Islanders who’d done the most damage — raining down seven goals against the Campbell River Storm, one of the top teams in the VIJHL. Campbell River managed only two goals in the 7-2 outcome.

Eric Young got the ‘W’ in goal for the Islanders but it was a total team effort, with seven different goal-scorers including Lukas Tokic, Carson Brown and Bryce Burnett in the first period, Jack Strom, Jacob Wingfield and Eric Stinson in the second period, and Aleko Sdrakas in the third.

“It’s great to go into the break with a win,” said head coach Brian Passmore. “We have been focused and working very hard as a group.”

It was the second game of the week for the Islanders. They had carried a one-goal lead into the third period of their game against former teammate Nathan Bouveur and the Westshore Wolves Wednesday, Dec. 14 in a mid-week match-up at the Q Centre.

Colby Robinson got things started for the Isles, converting on a passing play from Henry Toomer and Jack Strom.

Westshore’s Bouveur, who had been traded to the Wolves from the Islanders in late November in exchange for Nick Hovde and Noah Hovde, got one back on the powerplay not long thereafter.

Nathan Da Silva put Kerry Park back on top late into the second period. Sdrakas and Burnett got the assists.

The Isles couldn’t seal the deal, however, giving up the game-tying goal and the eventual game-winner — both off the stick of Bouveur — in the third period to ultimately lose 4-2.

Now it’s time to rest up during the holidays.

“We can recharge and get ready for the stretch run to playoffs when we get back,” Passmore said. “We have come a long way as a team the last three weeks and we realize we have lot of work to do once the new year starts.”

Kerry Park begins 2023 at home against the Peninsula Panthers on Jan. 3. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

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